I've never grown elephant garlic before which I believe is closer to a leek than garlic. Anyway, it looks like it wants to flower so should I snip it off? Or should I let it flower, collect the seeds and try growing from seeds?

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With regular garlic, you would cut it off at a certain point if you wanted bigger bulbs in the ground, or leave it on if you want bulbils/bulblets to form. FYI: You can eat garlic scapes (they're tasty).

Unlike most garlic, leeks produce true seed (so for leeks, you would leave the flower and scape on if you wanted seeds).

I've never grown elephant garlic. However—

Elephant garlic, though more closely related to leeks, according to a Dave's Garden reviewer it doesn't produce true seed, but it does produce bulbils/bulblets. So, you can pretend it's regular garlic with regard to bulbils.

I read in other gardener reviews on the same site that elephant garlic doesn't produce a head of cloves the first year (but rather just one bulb). The head is supposed to come the second year (although I wouldn't be surprised if it came the first year for some people, since I didn't get the impression everyone had to wait, whether or not they did). So, if you want lots of plants, I would let the bulbils grow, and plant those (save them the first year, anyway; it should get a full head of cloves on the original plant the second year: so, if it's like regular garlic, you could take the scape off to get bigger cloves).

This site says that elephant garlic scapes can be removed when they are tender (prior to blooming), and the plant can put more energy into larger bulbs.

The site also says that you don't need to separate the bulbs every year. They should just keep growing more until overcrowding occurs.

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    garlic scapes are delicious! Harvest before they get too hard, use a blender and instant garlic spread
    – kevinskio
    Nov 26, 2017 at 16:52
  • So, the scape is the fusiform bit before it flowers? Nov 26, 2017 at 19:45
  • The scape is the long, green stalk that has the flower at the very top (it's often the tallest part of the garlic plant; onions are another kind of plant that get them when they go to seed). It's still there after the flower comes, but they say to take it off somewhat before the flower opens up (I'm guessing it gets more fibrous after that period of time, but I don't know). Here's a Wikipedia link about scapes: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scape_(botany) Nov 28, 2017 at 9:20

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