garlicky leek seed?

Diane Whitehead
Fri, 31 Jul 2009 21:29:54 PDT
I grow two kinds of garlic, or I should say, of all the kinds of  
garlic I have bought to plant over the years, two persist.

One is a genuine garlic, with snaky stems and heads of bulbils.

The other, I think, is a type of leek.  It has sharp-edged hard  
bulbils attached to the big bulb by white "threads".  Some of these  
break off and remain in the soil, so I have it growing forever  
wherever I have planted it.  I have begun digging it as I normally do  
at this time, as the leaves are dry.  It is also in flower - a ball of  
pale pink flowers - and it suddenly occurred to me that perhaps it  
would produce seeds.  I don't know how long would be needed for this.   
I wouldn't want to leave the bulbs in the ground until the rains  
start, as they might not keep till next summer if they don't dry off  

Does anyone else leave theirs to go to seed, and does it take very  
long for it to ripen?

Diane Whitehead
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8, cool Mediterranean climate
mild rainy winters, mild dry summers

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