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Elephant garlic
« on: October 16, 2013, 16:53 »
I was watching GW and he was planting elephant garlic, but he put in the whole bulb, I thought you should brake it up in segments and plant them??? whos right, him or me, or both???
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Re: Elephant garlic
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2013, 16:59 »
Elephant garlic isn't really garlic, it's a type of leek. I haven't grown it, but I'd suggest they'd have the planting instructions correct on GW. ;)
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Re: Elephant garlic
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2013, 17:13 »
When I planted mine last year, I separated the cloves.

Monty may have had bulbs that didn't clove up, if this happens you do plant the whole thing again ;)
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Re: Elephant garlic
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2013, 17:36 »
garden center near me is selling it prepacked - two cloves for 2 or was it 3

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Re: Elephant garlic
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2013, 19:11 »
Waitrose is selling a whole head for 2.50. Yes, you break the head into cloves before planting.

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Re: Elephant garlic
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2013, 21:58 »
Having a bit of a spat with a mate who has come back from the Isle of Wight with some Elephant Garlic Cloves.
He intends to plant them and put next years crop in our very low key hortic. show next year.
I've told him that they are no more like garlic then everlasting sweet peas are to the real thing.
Does anyone have any facts to prop up my position, on Elephant Garlic and everlasting sweet peas, or should I withdraw gracefully?

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Re: Elephant garlic
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2013, 22:29 »
Hi Fen - let him put them on the show but only in an "any other veg" category as they are not a true garlic.

Dopey - which GW show was it - I cant find the clip on iplayer? 
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Re: Elephant garlic
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2013, 07:09 »
I didn't think Elephant garlic had cloves? Everyday a schoolday!

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Re: Elephant garlic
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2013, 09:01 »
Having a bit of a spat with a mate who has come back from the Isle of Wight with some Elephant Garlic Cloves.
He intends to plant them and put next years crop in our very low key hortic. show next year.
I've told him that they are no more like garlic then everlasting sweet peas are to the real thing.
Does anyone have any facts to prop up my position, on Elephant Garlic and everlasting sweet peas, or should I withdraw gracefully?

Any good judge will tell the difference. Some shows exclude elephant garlic from the garlic class.
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Re: Elephant garlic
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2013, 09:14 »
Yes I split mine, also ive had some mature into single cloves so I have replanted as whole, ive also had some good results this year on my purple garlic left 4 plants to seed and I now have loads of baby garlic seed, already in my green house on the grow and will transplant in the spring, this is a strain of garlic I bought back from france and is now in its 7th year here on my lottie I have had no issues with mildews or disease so it a very tough garlic and a very strong one to cook with packed with flavour

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Re: Elephant garlic
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2013, 11:41 »
gavinjconway

I think it was at least 3 weeks ago

And thanks everyone (as confused as ever!!!!)  :D

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Re: Elephant garlic
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2013, 12:57 »
Elephant garlic cloves are huge and so it probably appeared that a whole head was being planted.

It does develop heads - these are about four inches across
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Re: Elephant garlic
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2013, 16:18 »
No he definitely did put a whole one on, I freeze framed it and watched it back in slow mo

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Re: Elephant garlic
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2013, 18:08 »
No he definitely did put a whole one on, I freeze framed it and watched it back in slow mo

His team of assistants probably put it ready for him and he planted it. He is a presenter, not a horticulturalist.

I noticed that on last weeks programme he dug up a bush to transplant. No struggle and it came out with a perfect root ball. Wish that happened to me.

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Re: Elephant garlic
« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2013, 19:23 »
No he definitely did put a whole one on, I freeze framed it and watched it back in slow mo

Oh  :unsure: :wacko:



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