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garlic is a LOT more cold tolerant than onion

daninthedirt (USDA 8b, HZ9, CentTX, Sunset z30, Cfa)
2 months ago
last modified: 2 months ago

I have several rows of onions and garlic. I put them in in November and they were about 8 inches high. We had a HIGHLY unusual freeze last week, where the temperature went down to 10F (shades of the HIGHLY unusual freeze we had here two years ago!). I figured they needed some protection, so I covered the onions but neglected to cover the garlic. Guess what. The onions were flattened, and all leaves were killed. The crop is saved though, as the root bulbs survived, and new shoots are coming out of all of them. But the garlic was virtually untouched. All the green in them remains, and while they were a bit bent and droopy, they are now pretty vertical and look entirely happy. I'm slightly stunned. They're all alliums. I know that both are cold-tolerant, but I've never seen their cold tolerance compared like this.

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