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Elephant Garlic in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum

 

Elephant Garlic

Garlic, a member of the onion family, is an easy crop to grow, provided it has a sunny site, and fertile, well-drained soil. Elephant garlic is, as the name suggests, a very large variety. It is not a true garlic - actually a stem leek that makes a very large bulb.The cloves are also much larger, and milder flavour than true garlic. Plant in Autumn

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plant Features
  • Elephant Garlic likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Elephant Garlic likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Elephant Garlic is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Elephant Garlic likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
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plant information

Common name

Elephant Garlic

Latin name

Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum

type

Vegetable

family

Amaryllidaceae

ph

6.5 - 8.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Elephant Garlic likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Elephant Garlic is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Elephant Garlic likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Elephant Garlic likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Elephant Garlic is 0.10meters x 0.50meters 0.10 M 0.50 M

Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum

Garlic, a member of the onion family, is an easy crop to grow, provided it has a sunny site, and fertile, well-drained soil. Elephant garlic is, as the name suggests, a very large variety. It is not a true garlic - actually a stem leek that makes a very large bulb.The cloves are also much larger, and milder flavour than true garlic. Plant in Autumn


Planting

From Late Autumn TO Early Spring

Garlic is planted from bulb segments (cloves), so break up the bulb carefully into individual cloves prior to planting, and then plant the cloves pointed end up with the tips 1" (2.5 cms) below the soil surface, in fertile, dry soil, in a sunny site. Plant 6" (15 cmc) apart, with 1' (30 cms) between rows. Allow 15cm (6in) between individual cloves and 30cm (1ft) between rows. Plant the cloves so the tips are 2.5cm (1in) below soil surface. Deeper planting can encourage better yields on light soils, but do not plant deeply on heavy soils. After planting, garlic needs a cool, one- to two-month period at temperatures of 0-10°C (32-50°F) for good bulb development. Planting in late autumn or in early spring (depending on the cultivar) will provide the necessary chilling period.

 
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