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Garlic, Kettle River Giant

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Giant bulbs up to 4" across! Long storage life.

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Called "Giant" for a reason, these big garlic bulbs can grow up to 4" across! This variety boasts the long storage characteristics of a softneck but the complex flavor of a hardneck. Originating in the Pacific Northwest, it does well in cold winter climates. Harvest fall planted garlic the following season, late spring or early summer, about 240 days from planting. Harvest spring planted garlic the same season, about 90 days from planting. This variety offers a rich flavor with medium heat. Averages 10 cloves per bulb. Softneck variety.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

90-240 days

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

4 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18-24 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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Days To Maturity
90-240 days
Full Sun
4 inches
18-24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
4 inches
Garlic, Kettle River Giant is rated 1.5 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Also experienced total failure with 2016-2017 crop All died. Agree with N4NW, this HAD to be an issue with the seed. All of my other varieties thrived and produced.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Total Failure In my five years of growing garlic I have never experience a situation as I did with the Kettle River Giant Garlic obtained from Burpee in the fall of 2016. I planted more than 100 cloves expecting at least 80% bulb production. Much to my disappointment over 50% failed to grow and those that did resulted in bulbs less than .5 inches in diameter. While Burpee refunded the purchase cost, I would have rather had the Kettle River Giant Garlic. Burpee was unable to tell me the original source of the garlic (Burpee apparently contracts for seed garlic). With success in producing thousands of garlic bulbs over the past few years this failure was due t the seed garlic, not the climate, soil or technique.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not sure what went wrong. I planted quite a few of these and only one grew big enough to have more than one clove. I also planted Chesnok red and Georgia Chrystal and they did great. Big cloves. They were all in the same bed so am not sure why the Kettle River Giant was so small!
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from poor showing, but that may have been the weather.. I planted about 75 cloves last fall and harvested them about a week ago. I ended up with 29 small to average sized heads, and 2 or three larger ones. It was a mild and wet winter so that may have had some to do with my poor results. I may try these again.
Date published: 2016-06-28
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