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Garlic scapes

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Julie starts with ...
I keep reading about these, but have never seen them.I've been growing garlic for about 25 years, and it has never flowered or had scapes.

Apparently they are popular in the US and can be bought at markets.

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=garlic+scapes+images&client=firefox-a&hs=rDb&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=np&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=H_zxUeWWHI3YlQW_jIGwBg&ved=0CCwQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=857
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Brain says...
Hi Julie, it's to do with the garlic variety, some are soft neck and some are hard neck. One of those produce flower/scapes, the other does not.
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MaryT says...
Julie I have seen them in the US and bought some for a stir fry. In Sydney you can buy scapes of garlic chives; super yummy. They are basically the flower stalk while the flower is still in bud, very young bud or the stems become tough. If you grow garlic chives you can try them for yourself.
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Julie says...
Brain, I just came across an article which mentions hard necked garlic. Seems that's the secret.

Don't think I have ever seen any on sale, so I'd probably have to order them Maybe next year!
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MaryT says...
Found the photo I took at a street market in Brooklyn, New York.
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Brain says...
If you search garlic scapes on youtube, you get some videos explaining what they are and how to cook them, and their use to indicate when garlic is ready for harvest.

this is an excerpt from GreeenHarvest

'Monaro Purple' is a hardneck or top-setting variety which usually produces a flower stem in early summer. It is mainly suitable for cooler areas. It is also called a 'rocambole' variety from the habit the flower stem has of looping over on itself to produce a distinctive twist. Rocambole types have a sweet, nutty flavour with 6-8 cloves per bulb. They are ready to harvest when the coil twist in the flower stem begins to straighten and the flower stem begins to soften.

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trikus says...
Bought them once from local IGA .
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Julie says...
Unfortunately, garlic can't be sent to WA, so I have no idea how I would get it. Unless there is a WA member who has it and would sell me some?
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Anonymous says...
Julie, I got some from interstate this year. They were part of a WA collection.
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Julie says...
Not sure what you mean MJ - 'a WA collection'? Where did you buy them?
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MJ says...
Diggers... They had a set of three types of bulbs, two of each type. I didn't really *need* six bulbs, but I planted them all out and we'll see how they go! They also had another set for somewhere else that has restrictions, from memory.
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MJ says...
I didn't get anything resembling scapes, though...
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Julie says...
Are you in WA MJ? That's my problem.

Maybe it's too early for the scapes yet?

And did you realise you can edit your post, as I have just done, rather than adding another one?
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MJ says...
I'm in Perth... Some of my garlics are doing well, the ones that are getting the worm castings (with the worm farm in the pot) are doing best). No sign of scapes.

I can edit usually, but I have trouble if I post on my phone, which I did there.
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