Ever since I first heard about true garlic seed in the garlic news published by Paul Pospisil, I have wanted to get my hands on some.
This past winter I got part of my wish. Ted Meredith (author The Complete Book of Garlic) and Avram Drucker wrote a clear introduction to producing true garlic seed in the Spring 2012 Edition of Seed Saver’s Exchange magazine the Heritage Farm Companion. You can read the article here.
Yesterday I decided to see whether I can get some garlic scapes to set true seed.
(Note: True garlic seed is different from the bulbils that appear in mature garlic scapes – you can read a garlic bulbil primer in this GTS post.)
I started with a rocambole scape.
I slit the spathe open.
Exposing the immature bulbils and flowers.
I pulled out the bulbils one by one.
This rocambole garlic scape only had a handful.
Leaving the garlic flowers.
Theoretically the removal of the bulbils will stress the plant and force the flowers to mature and set seed.
I’ll only know if I’m successful in a few weeks.
If you want to jump into the broader true garlic seed conversation, the seed savers exchange has a forum thread on the subject.