Garlic Seed, Music Hardneck Variety

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Nothing tastes better than garlic from your own garden! Our certified organic disease-free garlic seeds grow easily and prolifically. Simply split garlic bulbs into cloves, plant, and enjoy the following fall. So easy!

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Plant certified organic garlic seed for a bountiful harvest! Fresh and strong flavor is easy to achieve when you grow your own garlic. This certified organic disease-free garlic seed is ideal for growing in warm winter climates like that of Southern California.

The two types of garlic you can grow, hardneck and softneck, are named for their stems. Hardneck varieties grow a single ring of cloves around a stem. Their center stalks become rigid after reaching maturity. These types of garlic are known to produce larger heads with fewer bulbs, but with more complex flavors!

Shop softneck garlic.

Chilling Garlic

If you live in a southern state that does not receive adequate chill hours, we recommend that you refrigerate your garlic seeds (cloves) for 40 days prior to planting. Continued cool temperatures encourage sprouting. By placing your heads of garlic in the fridge for 40 days, you can make sure they have received adequate chill hours. You may even notice them sprouting in the fridge before you remove them to plant. It is not recommended to move your garlic back and forth from a cool location and a warm condition, as this can cause drying out of the bulbs.

If your area gets a significant chill, putting your garlic in the fridge may not be necessary. For areas of San Diego that do not get adequate chill hours, we recommended you refrigerate your bulbs for 40 days prior to planting.

Sow

  • Plant garlic seeds or cloves that have been split from the bulb should be planted within 1-2 weeks.
  • Separate individual garlic cloves from the bulb. Direct sow in soil, about 4-6″ apart with the pointed end up (blunt end down) at a planting depth of 1-2″ into the ground. Rows should be 1-2′ apart allowing room for plant growth.

Grow

  • Grows in full sun. It is not recommended to plant garlic in the same location as the previous year.
  • Garlic is adaptable to various, moderately fertile soil types.
  • Grows well in raised beds and containers. Good drainage is necessary to avoid rotting or disease.
  • Garlic is ready in approximately 290 days. Leaves turning brown and falling over are indications that the plant is ready for harvest. Carefully dig up the bulbs to harvest. It’s a good idea to dig up one or two plants to determine readiness before harvesting an entire crop! Garlic heads should be plump with cloves and the outer skin should be thick, dry, and papery.
  • Garlic requires a drying method called curing for proper storage. To cure hardneck garlic:
    • Gently remove dirt (do not wash). Leave bulbs to dry in the sun for a few hours immediately following their harvest.
    • Spread out in a well-ventilated area, out of the direct sun, for another 2-3 weeks until fully dry. Can be hung or placed on a drying rack/screen.
    • Remove stem and leaves about 1-2″ from the bulb.
    • Keep in a cool, dry, well-ventilated space. A mesh bag works well for storage. Cured hardneck varieties have a shorter shelf-life than softneck varieties.

Eat 

  • Garlic is excellent fresh, cooked, canned, pickled, infused into vinegar, dehydrated, frozen, and more. The applications of garlic are limited only to your imagination!
  • Hardneck garlic skins peel easily making kitchen work a breeze.

Repeat:

  • Garlic is best planted in the fall as early as September (and no later than December) in Zones 9 & 10. After harvesting your own, you’ll never want to depend on grocery store garlic again!

 

Hardneck Garlic

Allium sativum ssp. ophioscorodon

Package Weight: 4 ounces about 2-3 heads of garlic

Sows about a 15-foot row.

Shop all our cool-season crops here. Don’t forget to include beneficial flowers like marigold and nasturtium in your garden!

With our Comprehensive Planting Chart for Zones 9 & 10 you’ll always know what to plant, and when!

Want to learn more about growing garlic in San Diego and Southern California? Check out our buddy over at Epic Gardening. 

 

 

 

Additional information

Weight0.00 g
Dimensions5.00 × 5.00 × 1.00 in
weight

1 lb, 1/2 lb, 1 oz

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