The purple stripes yielded plump clusters of bulbils this summer from the few hundred plants we left the scapes on through to harvest. Notice the variety of colours, from light tan to a rich purple. Above are a few hundred of the biggest ones ready to plant. I soaked them for two days in water and bicarbonate of soda (to kill pathogens). The soaking also triggers the bulbil to germinate. You don’t want to plant a dry seed in the ground only to have it sit there for days. This time of year we want maximum root development before the frosts hit. The bigger the root-ball the better the chances the plant has of surviving winter.
This raised bed is 150 feet long with three shallow furrows spaced about 8 inches across. The bulbils were hand planted with the pointed tip up and spaced about 2-3 inches apart. The soil is soft and amended with compost and pig manure (done 3 months earlier). I will cover these rows with half inch of fresh compost and then generously water each row as this dry October has the top inches of soil short of moisture. We have about 4000 purple bulbils in the ground now with more going in this week. In early November we will plant several thousand more in our long greenhouse. Lucky them! No Frost.
Here’s a closer shot of the spacing.