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(Hardneck) This variety can get huge! A Marble Purple Stripe garlic with brilliant color and better than average keeping ability. Does great at farmers' markets and easy to clean. It has a mild flavor with large cloves that are excellent for roasting.
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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31 out of 31 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Harvest 2nd after LorzItalian
What are the cons? Only stores 12 months.
Russian Giant Garlic is easy to grow and is basically "unkillable."
The heat is medium hot with pinpoints of pain on the tongue.
Greens are good for soup.
Hard clove skins snap off easily- after proper curing of the garlic.
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