Allium sativum var. sativum and ophiosco
1 to 2 feet
6 to 12 inches
Moist, well-drained, fertile
Planting and Care
For best bulb development and yield, plant in fall in cool soils below 65 F.
Plant after the first frost to early November. Break up the bulbs to separate the individual cloves. Make sure to keep the husk on each clove. Set cloves with the tips up, 2 inches deep and spaced 4 to 6 inches apart in rows 15 to 24 inches apart.
Larger elephant varieties should be planted 3 inches deep and spaced 8 to 12 inches apart.
Mulch to prevent frost heaving, remove flower stalks as they appear
Rot with poor drainage
Varieties to Consider
Bulbs can be dug up and harvested when the tops begin to dry out. Allow the tops to fully dry and then remove them and the roots to within an inch of the bulbs. It's important to allow the garlic to cure to prevent it from rotting in storage.