California Early Softneck Garlic

Organic

#4954
Availability: In Stock

This softneck, artichoke variety is a favorite of growers in California and it have proven to be reliable for decades. It has thick, white skins and 12–20 plump, creamy white cloves. Its mild flavor with a hint of sweetness and almost no heat making it a very versatile garlic variety. Harvest is in early season. When properly cured, this variety will store approximately 10 months under cool, dry conditions.

Due to state restrictions, we cannot ship garlic to Idaho, Hawaii and the following counties in Washington—Adams, Benton, Franklin, Grant and Klickitat (including cities such as Othello, Pasco, Moses Lake, Kennewick and Richland). Please do not order garlic if you live in one of these locations.

$4.00 1 Bulb

Family: Alliaceae

Native: Possibly originated in Central Asia

Type: Softneck

Exposure: Full Sun

When to Sow Outside: In cold winter climates, sow individual cloves any time from mid-September through early November. Garlic is frost-hardy, but ideally should be planted 6-8 weeks before a hard freeze to give the roots time to get established. In mild climates of the south where the ground doesn't freeze, garlic can be planted from October-December. If you aren't able to get softneck garlic planted in the fall, store bulbs so that they don't dry out during the winter months and plant in the spring as soon as soil can be worked. Softneck garlic requires 90-100 days to form cloves.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended if you want to grow bulbs. If you don't get your garlic in the ground, the cloves can be planted indoors any time of year for the green tops that make tasty garlic-flavored raw greens or stir-fry ingredients.

Days to Emerge: Emerges in late winter, when sown in fall.

Seed Depth: 2"–3" deep with the narrow side pointed up

Seed Spacing: 5 clove every 6"–8"

Row Spacing: 6"–8"

Thinning: Not necessary

Special Instructions: Mulch with 3"–4" straw or leaves. On ocassion, softneck garlic may produce a scape (edible flower stalk) due to drought or cold stress. Remove any scapes so plants can focus their energy on bulb productions. Avoid watering garlic when you see the leaves begin to turn yellow and brown in late spring/early summer. Proper curing improves flavor and storage of garlic.

Special Care: Wait to separate cloves until planting and leave the skins intact.

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