I planted my garlic upside down--now what?!?

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I planted about 30 blubs in late October (in Iowa), and in late November I realized that I probably put them in wrong. I'm not looking for theories, but if you've actually gone through this before, what do I do? Do I start over again in the spring, or will I actually get something from these?

Thanks for laughing WITH me!


-- M.R. Irving (mirv@earthlink.net), February 06, 2001


How about Upside Down Garlic Bread!! Isn't that how they came up with Upside Down Pineapple Cake?

-- Mark in NC Fla (deadgoatman@webtv.net), February 06, 2001.

Can't you dig em up and flip them around. I did that with some flower bulbs once and they came up but kinda leaned a bit. Guess it wouldn't matter with garlic. Mine reseeds itself when I don't dig it all up and some of it is on it's side. Don't know about completely upside down though?

-- Nan (davidl41@ipa.net), February 06, 2001.

If you really have your heart set ona good harvest, I'd replant. I plant those little top sets by broadcasting them thickly and covering them, a lot of them don't come up. I think it's because I don't set them all right side up, but they are so tiny! If you replant, you can compare harvests from the two beds and see just how much it matters.

-- Rebekah (daniel1@itss.net), February 06, 2001.

My experience has been that it will take a little longer but it will grow the same- I wouldn't replant in the spring as it won't mature in time. Think of it as an experiment....... and yes you will get garlic from these.

-- kelly (kellytree@hotmail.com), February 07, 2001.

Don't worry, Mother Nature and gravity will correct the problem. May take a little longer to break surface and there will be a cute little hook at the bottom, nothing worse.

-- Jay Blair in N. AL (jayblair678@yahoo.com), February 07, 2001.

Thanks for the advice! I'll keep 'em in and maybe plant some more this spring just in case.


-- M.R. Irving (mirv@earthlink.net), February 08, 2001.

I'm with Jay. They will take a bit longer, but will do just fine. They may, however, be a tad disrespectful! GL!

-- Brad (homefixer@SacoRiver.net), February 10, 2001.

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