|Heirloom garlic bulbils. These are the smallest envelopes you can buy.|
I planted the bulbils in pots and "planted" the pots in a garden bed and covered them with fallen leaves to protect them from winter damage. Next year the bulbils will have grown into rounds - a single small round clove. These I will plant as I would regular cloves and the following year they will have grown into larger, multi-cloved bulbs.
|My pots are a bit on the small side, but we will see how they do.|
Growing garlic from bulbils is a good way to avoid transferring soil-borne diseases with new planting. Plants can produce more bulbils than cloves, so it is a good way to increase your stock quickly too. If you'd like to learn more about planting garlic bulbils, I would recommend these posts from Dan Brisebois' blog Going to Seed.