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Westy Apr 26, 2011 11:00 AM

Hello -

Has anyone else grown ramps? I'd like to try, since they are impossible to find in the store, but I have never heard of anyone growing them in a garden. Any seed sources?

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    Nyleve May 10, 2011 09:39 AM

    I think I posted on another thread that I have started a small patch of ramps on my property. I planted the ramps themselves - not seeds - in some woods that resemble the woods where ramps do grow wild. This is a mixed hardwood, a little damp. I don't think they'd do well in a proper garden because it looks to me that they need the shade and cover of a woodsy environment. At any rate, I planted the ramps in several patches scattered throughout the woods about 3 years ago. They have come back every season but are not spreading enough for me to even remotely consider harvesting any. This is a long-term project - my grandchildren may be able to dig them but I definitely won't.

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      Novelli Apr 26, 2011 01:19 PM

      Unfortunately, it's not really a viable crop. Ramps are, for the most part, wild, and are not usually cultivated for their seed, but I think there may be some purveyors out there. I would image it would be awfully expensive for seeds or even more so for the bulbs...and even that would take some very specific conditions to properly grow.

      Are you on the East coast?

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        Westy Apr 27, 2011 06:50 AM

        North Carolina (Raleigh-Durham). I just checked via Google: .http://www.rampfarm.com/catalog.htm

        Matt

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          Novelli Apr 27, 2011 08:56 AM

          Wow, that is some crazy pricing! Better get some good germination for that much $$$.

          It seems you're in the right area to try your hand at growing them! Give it a shot and report back! I bet you could make some good pocket change selling them to restaurants.

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            Sue in Mt P May 18, 2011 01:26 PM

            And they'd have to be really delicious. Whew.

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