Factors Influencing Performance of Fall Planted Garlic (2002) - 2 pages
Fall planting garlic has the potential to increase yields providing the crop survives the winter. Studies conducted by the University of Saskatchewan in 1992 and 1993 identified little need to mulch fall-planted garlic. The trial results suggested that mulching the crop actually reduced yields and exacerbated problems with weed control. However, commercial growers reported limited or variable success with fall planting the crop, primarily due to problems with winter kill. These differing responses to fall planting may reflect; 1) differences in the site ie; snow cover or b) differences in the winter-hardiness of the planting material.
This trial evaluated the influence of fall mulching on the overwinter survival and subsequent yield performance of a number of garlic genotypes. The trial was conducted at the Department of Plant Sciences Horticulture Fields Research Station in Saskatoon. The site features a clay soil and is well sheltered. The planting material was collected from local growers, seed companies and local retailers. The trial was planted in early October.