Is garlic smart?
Vales David J.
vales863 at raven.csrv.uidaho.edu
Wed Mar 30 22:23:21 EST 1994
To all garlic lovers and plant physiologists:
It never ceases to amaze me how smart the garlic in my refrigerator is.
Every year, like clockwork, the bulbs I bought last year (for food
purposes) begin to sprout in mid-March. I keep my garlic in the
refrigerator (which I have found stores MUCH better than identical bulbs
left in a cool dark place), so it is not really exposed to light. In the
refrigerator the garlic stays in a vegetable bin, and never sees the sun.
Does anyone have an idea of how garlic knows when it is time to grow?
Many plants depend on degree days, photoperiod, etc., but my garlic
should not be affected by these given that they are in the refrigerator.
Their sprouting implies to me a biological clock, odd for a plant, but
then, garlic is an exceptional plant!
Thanks for your ideas.
vales863 at uidaho.edu
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