Hi. I have loads of bulbils from this years crop of elephant garlic. They're as tough as nails, and I know that it can take a couple of years for them to germinate if they're just left in the soil, so I'm going to help them along by cracking the carapace(!). I'm not sure whether just cracking the coat will be enough though, because it won't have had time to soften, so I was wondering if it would be better to take the whole thing off. Anyone out there got any advice to offer? Cheers.