About Wild Garlic: Wild garlic grows throughout much of North America, most often in fields or along roads or streams. This native herb has been valued for centuries for its culinary and medicinal excellence. Native American tribes often used wild garlic for protection from dangerous insects and scorpions, as well as applying it as a poultice to speed the healing of wounds, burns, and stings. Wild garlic plants often provided an emergency food source for early explorers and settlers; several accounts tell of wild garlic preventing starvation and diseases such as scurvy. Garlic's health benefits are legendary, having been used to treat nearly every complaint imaginable.
Wild Garlic Germination: Wild garlic grows well in sandy or well drained soil and full sun, though it also tolerates moist soil and partial shade. For most efficient growth, plant in the fall; the bulbs will remain dormant until early spring. Bulbs can also be planted in early spring. Work the soil deeply, then place the tiny bulbs root end down and 3-4" apart, lightly covered by soil; for bigger clumps, plant three bulbs together.
Growing Wild Garlic Seeds: Keep the seedlings moist until they have become established. Once mature, wild garlic tolerates some drought conditions. Wild Garlic spreads readily, and volunteer plants can be transplanted or removed quite easily. Apply a layer of mulch to control weeds and protect the plant from the cold over winter. Wild garlic also grows well as a container plant. As well as repelling deer, harmful insects, and moles, wild garlic attracts bees, butterflies and birds. We cannot sell this seed to customers in MI.
Harvesting Wild Garlic: Both the leaves and flowers of wild garlic have an excellent flavor for use in fresh salads, entrees, or as a garnish. The leaves can be cut at any time of their growth, as soon as they reach a size above 6". The flowers have the strongest flavor at the height of their maturity. The bulbs, which form on the stem after the flowers bloom, have a mild flavor and can be used raw or cooked; they should be harvested in the fall, as soon as they reach full maturity.
Saving Wild Garlic Seeds: Wild garlic grows best from its tiny bulbs, which form on the stem as the flowers fade. Collect the bulbs as soon as they mature, and store them in a cool, dry place in a container with good air circulation.
Detailed Wild Garlic Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Meadow Garlic, Wild Onion, Canadian Garlic Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Spring-Early Summer Height: 12-15 inches Spacing: 9-12 inches Light: Full Sun to Woodland Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 580 Produces slender grass-like green blades, and clusters of starry white or pink flowers that mature to tiny bulbs.