Nancy Rhodes C
Nancy Rhodes C
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  • Bessemer, AL
Asked on May 8, 2012

My garlic has bent stalks and has grown round growths at the tips. Why won't it bloom? When should I harvest???

Em HooperMeem KaplanDouglas Hunt
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  • Squall
    on May 9, 2012

    those are probably the scapes. Search youtube for harvesting garlic, there's a few ways but one you can cut off the scape and then wait till the plant dries out, then you should be able to harvest.

  • Nancy Rhodes C
    on May 9, 2012

    Squall, this is priceless information. I cannot wait to start cutting and cooking these scapes. This will be my caviar. Thank you so very much.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 9, 2012

    Garlic scapes are delicious! Try making pesto with them.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on May 9, 2012

    here is a nice video...from my neck of the woods. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-MX1jRcJbU

  • Nancy Rhodes C
    on May 9, 2012

    Douglas, I have 6 basil plants in my little garden. I could live off Pesto if my digestive system would tolerate it. Can't wait. Thank you.

  • Nancy Rhodes C
    on May 10, 2012

    Well, I rushed out this morning only to find the stalks had straightened up and the scapes had bloomed the usual flower - all but one. I brought it in but the stem is too hard. Am I supposed to put the seeded pod in my pesto? Haven't tasted anything yet but it sure smells good.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 10, 2012

    I've only used the scapes themselves for pesto. You can cut off the flowers and use them as plate decorations.

  • Meem Kaplan
    on Mar 27, 2015

    I like the flowers in salads.

  • Em Hooper
    on Jun 22, 2015

    Scapes should be cut off so the bulb will mature. You can chop them up and cook or eat raw. If you let them flower, then the bulb stops growing.

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