Last Updated on June 12, 2023 by Real Men Sow
Wild garlic (Allium Ursinum), also known as ramsons, begins to grow underground in the winter. Its striking white flowers bloom between May and June. They contrast well with lush green leaves. The flowers are hermaphrodites, meaning they have male and female organs. They are pollinated and pollinated by bees as well as other insects.
You can eat it raw or cooked. It can make a delicious addition to salads. As the seeds begin to ripen, the flowers take on a stronger flavor. The bulbs are smaller and easier to harvest than cultivated garlic. They are not easily identifiable, but they can be stored long-term like their culinary cousins. The leaf juice can be used to repel moths and for household disinfection. The entire plant is believed to repel insects, and moles, wherever they are found.
Where Should You Grow Ramsons and its Soil Type
In order for it to thrive, you’ll need to mimic its natural growing site – the forest. Ramsons grow best in partially shaded areas with humus soil. The plant tolerates humid soils but would want them to be well permeable. They need warmth but don’t want direct sunlight. It’s also best to mulch around the plant with a layer of leaf mold or ripe compost.
Seeds should be sown as soon as they are ripe. Wild garlic usually germinates well and sets seeds abundantly. The plants should be big enough to be able to be planted out in the third year.
After the plant has died down, divide the bulbs. The bulbs should be planted in a deep position so that they can thrive, provided the conditions are right. You don’t need to propagate this plant once it is established in your garden.
Ramsons Pests and Diseases
Wild Garlic, as a leek plant, is very resistant to diseases and pests. Therefore, you won’t have to worry much about them.