Nothing tastes better than garlic from your own garden! Our disease-free garlic seeds grow easily and prolifically. Simply split garlic bulbs into cloves, plant, and enjoy the following fall. So easy!
Duganski Hardneck Garlic Seed
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Plant Duganski hardneck garlic seed for a bountiful harvest! Fresh and strong flavor is easy to achieve when you grow your own garlic. This 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!
Planting by Zones
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 will encourage sprouting. By placing your heads of garlic in the refrigerator for 40 days, you’ll be sure they’ve received adequate chill hours. You may even notice them sprouting in the fridge before removing them to plant. It is not recommended to move your garlic back and forth from a cool to warm location, as this can cause the bulbs to dry out.
If your area gets a significant chill, putting your garlic in the refrigerator may not be necessary.
- Plant garlic in the fall. For areas of Zones 9 and 10 that do not get adequate chill hours (regular cool winter temperatures), we recommended that you refrigerate your bulbs for 40 days prior to planting.
- Plant from the first frost until November. In areas with particularly cold winters, you may have to plant in the spring.
- Garlic should be planted in fertile well-drained soil in full sun.
- Seeds (cloves) that have been split from the bulb should be planted within 1-2 weeks.
- Separate individual 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 to allow room for plant growth.
- Plant 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 while 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.
- 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.
Growing Garlic in Containers
- For growing in a container, make sure your container is at least 20” deep. Keep in mind containers will dry out faster because they have more surface area and less soil to hold onto moisture. Mulch heavily on the top layer of soil in the pot to keep the soil from drying out or heating up too much.
Southern California Pro-tips
- In areas of Zones 9 and 10, plant in the fall after adequate chilling in the refrigerator for 40 days.
- Mulch heavily around your garlic plants to ensure the soil does not dry out or heat up too much.
- Since garlic is a long term crop, plant in an area of your garden where you can enjoy tons of flowers around it. We love planting nasturtium, alyssum, borage, and cosmos in our garlic beds.
Additional Learning Resources
- New to starting crops from seeds? Please watch our Seed Starting Presentation to learn the basics!
- Learn about growing all our crops on our YouTube page!
Having pest issues? Check out in-depth information for pests that can be an issue for garlic at the UC Integrated Pest Management site.
|Dimensions||5.00 × 5.00 × 1.00 in|
1 lb, 1/2 lb, 1 oz