Hi. I sure hope these symptoms are familiar to somebody. I'm new to growing garlic.
Three or four of my 250 garlic plants, due for harvest this season, have fallen over in the past three weeks. When I dig down, the stem seems to have rotted from the outside just above the bulb, which is open and the cloves without skin coverings.
I find no insects and there is no other sign of stress or ill health in the above-ground portion of the plant. The fist sign is the leaning, by which time, the rotting process has fairly severed the stem from the bulb.
Is this a pest? A disease? Is there a mechanical or organic solution? All help greatly appreciated. Thank you.