Growing Elephant Garlic

Have you ever grown elephant garlic? 

This is my first year for it & yes, siree Bob, I'm excited about it. It's super exciting for a plant geek like me to see something grow so quickly in April when the rest of the garden is just starting to get going.

I planted a handful of cloves last fall and am amazed at how big the bulbs are already.  If this keeps up, they are going to be monsters!

Elephant garlic (Allium ampeloprasum) belongs to the onion family and isn't really a true 'garlic' -- it's a variant of the species (similar to leeks) and has a milder, garlic-like flavor.  Elephant garlic has the same growing habits and bulbing process that regular garlic has and can generally be grown the same way.  However, be sure to leave lots of room for it -- plants can reach 4 feet or more and produce cloves the size of softballs!  Elephant garlic should be planted about 4 inches deep and at least 6 inches apart.

We're big on garlic in our house and, even though elephant garlic is mild, I'm excited to try growing it!

Apr 24 2013
Posted in: Herbs, Vegetables

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April 27, 2013

Hi, I love this blog!

It surely spend a lot of space. I am not sure that my backyard is adequate for this giant plant. However, it is always a challenge for me to give it a try!


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