Garlic Softneck California Early Organic Bulb

Garlic Softneck California Early Organic Bulb

Allium sativum

Item #4954


Price is for one bulb of garlic. Actual weight and number of cloves per bulb varies.

Garlic aficionados can rejoice! Homegrown garlic is fresher, juicier, and has better flavor than the bulbs in the grocery store bin. Once you grow it, it will be a staple in your garden every year. A frost-hardy root crop, garlic is planted in fall and harvested the following summer. It's amazingly easy to grow, and is a great 'bridge' crop between the seasons. The two main types of garlic are softnecks and hardnecks. Both can be grown successfully in most areas although softnecks are a little more suited to warm climates. Gardeners in all areas should try growing both types to enjoy the different flavors, growth habits, and harvest times. All Botanical Interests garlic varieties have been produced in the United States.

California Early
This softneck, artichoke variety is a favorite of commercial growers in California and is one of the most common types seen in grocery stores and markets. It has thick, white wrappers and 12-20 plump, creamy white cloves. Its mild flavor with a hint of sweetness makes it a very versatile garlic variety. Harvest is in early season. When properly cured, this variety will store until spring under cool, dry conditions.

When to plant outside: In cold winter climates, sow individual cloves any time from mid-September through mid-November. Garlic is frost-hardy, but ideally should be planted 4-6 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 until January. 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 plant inside: Not recommended if you want to grow bulbs, but the cloves can be planted indoors any time of year for the green tops that make tasty garlic-flavored raw greens, or stir-fry material.

Detailed planting and harvest instructions included with each order. Garlic: Planting and Growing Guide.

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.

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Garlic: Planting and Growing Guide

From mild and mellow, to bold and spicy, garlic is a culinary treasure. Use it raw or cooked to add distinctive flavor.

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