super fast bulbs

Diane Whitehead
Mon, 18 May 2009 13:08:27 PDT
I've been reading the blogs of a couple of people trying to get garlic  
to set seeds so they can hybridize them.  (This involves carefully  
picking out the bulbils of top-setting garlic and finding some wee  
flowers that usually get crowded out by the developing bulbils.)  They  
complained that seed-grown garlic grows too slowly to please them.

Obviously, these are not bulb growers.  We need saintly patience and a  
long lifespan.

They are probably growers of the only super fast bulb -  onions - and  
expect the garlic should be equally speedy.

I wonder how the onion does it?  I think there are competitions for  
giant onions.  From seed to exhibition in about six months.  Astounding.

If someone would like to do a bit of worthwhile gene tinkering, how  
about isolating the FastGrow gene for those of us trying to grow all  
the rest of the bulbs?

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

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