Garlic Seed, Inchelium Red Softneck Variety


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Nothing tastes better than garlic from your own garden! Fresh and strong flavor is easy to achieve with our certified organic, disease-free garlic seeds!

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Garlic seed is so easy to grow and produces incredibly flavored garlic. This garlic seed variety called Inchelium Red is certified organic, disease-free, and productive in Southern California and beyond.

The two types of garlic you can grow, hardneck and softneck, are named for their stems. Softneck types are the kind typically sold in grocery stores. The leaves of softneck garlic stay soft and flexible even after they’ve been cured—these are the ones you sometimes see braided together! They are lovely and ornamental for gifting.

Shop hardneck 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 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 softneck 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.
    • Softneck garlic stems may be kept long and braided. Can also remove stem and leaves about 1-2″ from the bulb.
    • Keep in a cool, dry, well-ventilated space. Garlic braids may be hung for storage. A mesh bag works well for storage if stems have been cut. Cured softneck varieties have a longer shelf-life than hardneck 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!


  • 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!


Softneck Garlic

Allium sativum var. sativum

Package Weight: 4 Ounces

Bulb Count: 2-3

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!

Learn more about garlic from our friend Kevin at Epic Gardening.

Additional information

Weight 0.00 g
Dimensions 5.00 × 5.00 × 1.00 in

1 lb, 1/2 lb, 1 oz


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