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Casablanca Garlic & Bolting Onions?


 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:03 am    Post subject: Casablanca Garlic & Bolting Onions? Reply with quote

Just putting it out there by way of enquiry;
But has anyone grown Casablanca Garlic before, as my crop of 28 plants is beginning to exhibit the 1st signs of turning, with leaf tops beginning to brown up and yellow down, and as I've not grown garlic before just wondering what to expect...
And sure while I'm here, what is the experience with onions bolting this year???

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All my garlic bolted for the hills last year so I didn't bother with it this year.

Had my first white onion bolt last week, not a good sign but none of the others joined him yet.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hadn’t really considered the possibility of Garlic bolting, but then, as this is my 1st season growing it I dare say we will learn. As wet and dull and miserable as last year proved to be, my onions, Karmen Red and Stuttgarter Giants surprised me as very few bolted and most stored extremely well: I lifted them on 16th July last year and used the last of them in Feb this year. This year we’ve opted for Red Barons and Stuttgarter, but I had them in bed just before that prolonged cold snap hit in mid-March and have since been wary how they’d perform. All seems well enough, if not a few weeks behind, but over the last week or so some of the Red Barons have begun to bolt, so it’ll be interesting to see the eventual outcome and speculate as to the effects of the extended winter right into May…
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my garlic has developed scapes and is starting to brown around the edges.as far as i can remember i didnt lift them until mid july last year.the stems are still quite thin so i am not expecting much of a crop this year.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My garlic is beginning to yellow a tiny bit, but not much.
I've had no bolting problems with my alliums apart from my welsh onions.

The swelling of the bulbs of garlic and onion is based on the length of daylight. My onions have started swelling nicely now (dunno about the garlic as it's underground) but I don't expect them to really swell 'til the days start getting shorter next weekend.

I'd recommend not harvesting for a while yet. Lift one, see how it looks and tastes, take it from there...
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