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Old August 19, 2017   #1
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Default Scapes cut vs no cut

Garlic was grown in marginal conditions, entirely my fault/laziness.
In these marginal conditions, it was very clear the bulbs that had scapes cut reached near full size, while the uncut ones did not. Time is not the difference, all were grown till 3-5 brown leaves.
Fertile or ideal conditions may produce a different result.
So if you know you are not being good to your garlic, cut them.
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Old August 19, 2017   #2
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I always cut the scapes off even though I don't use them. I feel that the plant should not waste energy making something that will not be used. To me it's like deadheading flowers on ornamentals.
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Old August 21, 2017   #3
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I always want to leave one and see what happens . . . but I always end up eating them all.
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Old August 21, 2017   #4
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There is a trade off. Cutting the scapes will allow for larger bulbs, leaving them on will produce smaller bulbs that will keep longer.

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Old August 21, 2017   #5
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There is a trade off. Cutting the scapes will allow for larger bulbs, leaving them on will produce smaller bulbs that will keep longer.

Alex


I thought so too, but apparently this isn't always the case.

http://www.tomatoville.com/showthread.php?t=45823
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