Harvest the wild garlic seeds and use them for propagation

Harvest the wild garlic seeds and use them for propagation

Sow the wild garlic seeds fresh

Wild garlic seeds lose their ability to germinate very quickly, which is why they should be returned to the soil as soon as possible after they have ripened. The black wild garlic seeds are approximately spherical and about 2 millimeters in size. The wild garlic seeds are cold germs that only break through the dormancy and begin to germinate after the winter cold. With mild winter temperatures, however, it can also happen that the seeds only start germinating in the second year. However, there are also certain techniques to artificially simulate the dormancy of the seeds. Depending on the region, the seeds are harvested ripe from the inflorescences in June or July. Then these are mixed in a ratio of 1: 3 with damp sand and kept in a bag for about 4 weeks at room temperature.The mixture is then stored for around a month at temperatures between minus and plus 4 degrees Celsius before it is sown at a depth of about 2 centimeters and at temperatures between 5 and 12 degrees Celsius.

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Harvest wild garlic seeds

Outside of nature reserves you can harvest wild garlic seeds in nature if you transport the ripe seeds together with the withered flowers in a bag to your garden in June or July and work them lightly into the substrate at the desired location. Then keep the soil sufficiently moist in autumn and winter in the event of natural dry periods. Please make sure that you only harvest part of the leaves or seeds of natural wild garlic stocks in the forest, so that the natural reproduction and regeneration of the occurrences is still guaranteed.

Resist temptation

All kinds of delicious dishes can be conjured up from the different parts of the wild garlic, for example:

  • Wild garlic pesto from the leaves
  • wild garlic soup
  • Wild garlic capers made from pickled wild garlic buds

Every leaf that you harvest from wild garlic is missing from the plant for further development. Always cut off only a part of the leaves and buds for use in the kitchen so that the stock in your garden can always recover and automatically multiply by self-sowing the seeds.

Tips & Tricks

It takes a lot of attention and effort to keep wild garlic seeds evenly moist in pots during the long germination period. Therefore, sowing the seeds on site in the field usually brings better results with less maintenance.