Why did my garlic rot in garden? I was told on this site to cut tops off garlic and it would make larger bulbs. I did and it rotted. Now I do not have any plants. I had about 20 plants last year they made bulbs about the size of grape fruits.
Hardiness Zone: 8a
By kffrmw88 from Dothan, AL
Just cut the flowering tops off, not all the leaves. Plants use their leaves to transform sunlight into sugars, which in the case of garlic is stored in the bulbs for winter.
Regina in zone 3 who is seriously jealous of grape fruit sized garlic! lol
Thanks very much for the info on garlic. Here's picture of my large garlic, good luck.
I agree, do not cut the tops off. Some garlic gets a flower stem that will look like a twisted winding stem, that can be cut off but nothing else. Also cut down on watering the month before harvest,about once a week, garlic likes hot, sandy, well draining soil. I've been growing it in my raised beds for more than five years now, the best way to get bigger bulbs is to plant it in the fall like you would a tulip bulb. Here's my harvest this year.
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