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Garlic in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Allium sativum

 

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. There are two types of garlic- 'hardneck' (Allium sativum var. ophioscorodon) and 'softneck' (Allium sativum var. sativum). The hardneck varietes are usually larger, with fewer cloves, and more hardy than softneck varieties. Softneck varieties keep better, have a milder flavour, and are good for plaiting

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plant Features
  • Garlic likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Garlic likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Garlic is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Garlic likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
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plant information

Common name

Garlic

Latin name

Allium sativum

type

Vegetable

family

Amaryllidaceae

ph

6.5 - 8.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Garlic likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Garlic is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Garlic likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Garlic likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When to harvest

full grown dimensions

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

Allium sativum

Garlic, a member of the onion family, is an easy crop to grow, provided it has a sunny site, and fertile, well-drained soil. There are two types of garlic- 'hardneck' (Allium sativum var. ophioscorodon) and 'softneck' (Allium sativum var. sativum). The hardneck varietes are usually larger, with fewer cloves, and more hardy than softneck varieties. Softneck varieties keep better, have a milder flavour, and are good for plaiting


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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