Garlic bulbils

I had forgotten about my garlic bolting, so when I came to sort out the now dry bulbs it was a surprise to see the umbels on the stalks. 

At first, I thought they were small heads of garlic, although I think I can be forgiven. The umbels are in fact full of miniature garlic cloves. They can apparently be eaten (well, why not?) but I would like to see if I can actually produce garlic from them.

garlic umbels and bulbils

I understand that it will take more than one year to grow garlic from these bulbils. Quite how I get from A to B, I don’t yet know. The Internet at least seems less forthcoming on this matter. But I am happy to experiment!


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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12 Responses to Garlic bulbils

  1. Awesome update Helen thank for sharing and have a blessed day and good luck with your experiment like my strawberry one I am doing from the tops of shop brought strawberry’s

  2. Garlic never cease to amaze me with their self seeding ability. These bulbils will do the trick 😊

  3. That’s how most of our garlic started. It does take two years, I think, but we have so many that self-seeded and grew into bulbs that I’m not really sure if any ever came up in one year!

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