Garlic Bulbs

Garlic varieties can be classified into 2 distinct types – namely ‘Hardneck’ and ‘Softneck’. The essential difference in the hardiness, ‘Hardneck’ varieties are very hardy whilst ‘Softneck’ varieties are less so. However this means the softneck varieties do actually store better. Hardneck varieties are closer to wild varieties, which is where they get their hardiness from.

Softneck varieties are often milder in flavour and easier to braid into bunches for storing.

Hardneck varieties have a more complex flavour and are more suited to cold climates. They also develop a ,Scape’ which is a long flowering stem. This is usually cut off as soon as you see it, as it does produce smaller bulbils which can reduce the energy the plant needs to produce the cloves. These scapes often start to curl as they grow, making them easy to identify and remove.

All varieties grow well in the UK but maybe look for the Hardneck varieties if you are in the far North’

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Garlic Bulbs FAQs

Take a look at some of the frequently asked questions we receive from those looking to buy Garlic Bulbs in the UK. You can contact our Customer Service Team or browse our general FAQs for further advice.

When should I plant Garlic Bulbs?

Garlic bulbs are best planted in the UK during the autumn months, typically between September and November. Planting garlic in the autumn allows the bulbs to establish roots before the winter sets in, leading to better growth and development. It's essential to avoid planting garlic too early in the summer, as this can result in smaller bulbs, and planting too late in the winter may not allow the bulbs enough time to establish before the cold weather arrives. By planting garlic bulbs in the autumn, you can ensure a successful harvest the following summer.

How do you take care of an Garlic Bulbs?

Taking care of garlic bulbs involves several key steps to ensure healthy growth and a great harvest. Plant garlic bulbs in well-drained soil with plenty of sunlight, spacing them about 4-6 inches apart and with the pointed end facing upwards. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, especially during the growing season. Mulch around the plants to retain moisture and suppress weed growth. Fertilise sparingly with a balanced fertiliser to promote healthy growth. Monitor for pests and diseases, such as onion flies or white rot, and take appropriate measures to control them. Harvest garlic bulbs when the foliage begins to turn yellow and wilt, typically in mid- to late summer. Allow the harvested bulbs to dry in a warm, well-ventilated area for several weeks before storing in a cool, dry place. With proper care, your garlic bulbs will thrive and provide a flavorful addition to your culinary creations.

How long do Garlic Bulbs take to grow?

Garlic bulbs typically take around 8 to 10 months to grow from planting to harvest. The exact timeframe can vary depending on factors such as the garlic variety, growing conditions, and planting time. Garlic planted in the autumn will establish roots over the winter months and begin to sprout in the spring. The bulbs then continue to grow throughout the spring and summer months, reaching maturity by mid- to late summer when the foliage begins to turn yellow and wilt. Harvesting usually occurs around this time, completing the growth cycle of garlic bulbs.

Why Grow Garlic Bulbs?

Growing garlic bulbs at home offers several compelling reasons for home gardeners. Firstly, garlic is a versatile culinary ingredient that adds depth of flavour to a wide range of dishes, from savoury sauces to roasted vegetables. Secondly, homegrown garlic provides superior freshness and flavour compared to store-bought varieties, allowing gardeners to enjoy the peak of garlic's aromatic and savoury qualities. Additionally, garlic is relatively easy to grow, requiring minimal maintenance and space in the garden. With proper care, home gardeners can harvest a bountiful crop of garlic bulbs, providing a convenient and flavourful addition to their culinary repertoire. Lastly, growing garlic bulbs at home allows gardeners to control the growing conditions, ensuring the use of organic practices and avoiding exposure to pesticides or chemicals. Overall, growing garlic bulbs is a rewarding endeavor that offers both culinary and gardening satisfaction.

Where can you grow Garlic Bulbs?

Garlic bulbs can be grown in various areas of your garden, offering flexibility in design and landscaping. They thrive in well-drained soil with plenty of sunlight, making garden beds or raised beds ideal locations for planting. Additionally, garlic bulbs can be grown in containers or pots, making them suitable for small spaces or urban gardens. It's important to ensure that the soil is loose and well-aerated to allow for proper bulb development. With proper care and attention to soil quality and sunlight exposure, garlic bulbs can flourish in a variety of garden settings, providing a harvest of flavourful bulbs.

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