For the first time, Garlicana is offering true seeds. In the 2017 season, seed was procured from 28 accessions. Yield was variable from one to the next but the overall total far exceeded expectations and there are thousands of seeds, far more than needed for further research and development. What will be available comes from progeny of an accession originally collected from the wild in the Central Asia. There’s seed from second generation progeny of Krasnodar White, from stock originally from Ivan Buddenhagen as well as a random mix of everything. There was no attempt to isolate anything so some outcrossing is likely.
True Garlic Seed has a low germination rate. With each generation germ rate improves but expect as low as 15% and as high as 40%. Seeds require vernalization. We soak seeds in a 1% bleach solution followed by a rinse and a month under refrigeration before seeding into flats or plugs. Germination is inconsistent and can occur from a few days, a few weeks and even a couple months. It is recommended to read this article before endeavoring on this. Growing garlic from true seed is not like growing onions, it’s a project with uncertain results. Nor is TGS a commercially viable means of propagating garlic, it is experimental and offers the possibility of introducing variation into a gene-pool limited by millennia of asexual propagation, of obtaining virus free stock, potentials for disease resistance, of combining traits that cross groups or defy categorization, in short, creating something new.
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