Family: Liliaceae | Genus: Allium
type : Bulbs, Perennials
sun exposure : Full Sun
water : Regular Water
planting zones : US (Upper South) / Zone 6, MS (Middle South) / Zone 7, LS (Lower South) / Zone 8, CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9, TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10, TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
Plant Details

Classified botanically as Allium sativum; not known in the wild. For ornamental relatives, see Allium. Seed stores and some mail-order seed houses sell disease-free mother bulbs (sets) for plantingand some gardeners have had good luck planting buIbs from grocery stores. In mild-winter areas, plant in fall for early summer harvest; where winters are cold, plant in early spring. Break up bulbs into cloves and select largest ones. Plant in rich, well-drained soil, setting cloves pointed end up, 1 inches deep, 36 inches apart, in rows 15 inches apart. Harvest when leafy tops fall over; lift out with garden fork rather than pulling. Air-dry bulbs, cut off most of tops and roots, and store in cool, well-ventilated place out of sunlight. Giant or elephant garlic (A. scorodoprasum) has unusually large (fist-size) bulbs and mild flavor. Grow as for regular garlic, but space 812 inches apart. Harvest when first leaves turn yellow.

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