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(Hardneck) Very large garlic.... Sometimes mistaken for elephant garlic (which is actually a leek), Estonian Red has five or six huge cloves and is a hardneck purple stripe variety, with dark red blush streaks to its skin. Its flavor is mild, with only a hint of heat even raw. It seems to grow well in many environments , too, producing consistently big bulbs in both cold and warm climates. Originally said to come from Scandinavian countries.
Plant individual garlic cloves in the fall, prior to the ground freezing, in well-prepared beds of soil that is rich in organic matter. Plant cloves 1 to 2 inches deep about 8 inches apart making sure that the tip of the clove is pointing up and the footprint of the root is down. In northern climates it may be necessary to cover with mulch prior to the hard freezes of winter and then uncover in spring. Provide adequate irrigation and weed control in order to achieve maximum bulb size. Harvest scapes when they have made one full curl and before becoming erect (can still be used erect however the texture is tougher). Garlic is ready for harvesting when the bulbs are completely filled out and plump. Watch for the bottom two leaves to brown and die back and for the rest of the plant to begin to yellow. Test dig a few bulbs to determine if crop is ready. Discontinue irrigation for about two weeks prior to harvest. Do not pull garlic up by the stalk but lift the garlic by digging with a fork or shovel. Harvested garlic should be spread out or hung away from direct sunlight for two to three weeks to cure (air conditioned location is okay). Make sure curing bulbs have adequate air circulation and are not piled atop of one another.
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4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Large size. Robust growth.
What are the cons? none!
I planted these for the first time last year. The plants were more robust than Music garlic. I allowed a few to go to seed. The seed head is nothing like I have seen. "Medusa" is an apt name. It is producing large cloves with 1" green sprouts, so I can't call them bulbils. This garlic is so robust, that when I cut off some garlic scapes, some plants grew a second garlic scape!
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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? It grows larger
The Red Estonian garlic grows so vigorously, that when I cut off a scape, it grew another! It is growing in the more shaded part of my yard.
The top growth is much strong than my Music garlic. I planted at the end of September. In three weeks I will harvest to look at the bulbs. Very impressed so far with Red Estonian.