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  • Elephant garlic scapes/seed

    I’m wondering how best to use my elephant garlic scapes - eat them as scapes or leave them on to see whether they produce seed. Some of each perhaps.

    Has anyone harvested elephant garlic seed and grown on from the seed? A slow business I imagine.

  • #2
    Never seen any seed myself. To get seeds would be some achievement. I saved the scapes several years running to look for a single seed. Nope. Did not happen for me. Good luck.

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    • #3
      Thanks. Bred out by selection then?

      From memory and from its leek connections, its ’seed’head looks very like a leek seedhead - but just empty husks from what you’ve found?

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      • Galina
        Galina commented
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        I am afraid so, not a hint of black seeds. I had hoped for something, because letting the scapes grow, whilst pretty in flower, does diminish the size of the cloves.

      • Jang
        Jang commented
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        Yes, I was wondering about the effect on the cloves, too. Might just let one flower right through, out of curiosity, but without hope or expectation!
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