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|Since garlic is traditionally grown by cloning, it can tend to carry a lot of virus and/or fungus with it. And especially soil born pests like nematodes, and mites. Some people disinfect their cloves before planting.
Growing from bulbils can minimize the risk, especially if the bulbils are never allowed to touch the soil. When true garlic seeds become available the risks of importing disease or pests will be almost negligible.
Last growing season one of my close collaborators got a garlic blight that came into her garden with garlic from a major seed company. It severely damaged her garlic crop. I'd hate for that to happen to me.
This year, I imported dozens of varieties of garlic into my garden. It was necessary, because of the garlic breeding project I am working on, but every time I import a clove of garlic, I'm spinning the roulette wheel to see if I bring pests or disease with it.
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