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Garlic, Early Italian

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Produces larger cloves than most softnecks. Better adapted to summer heat.

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This hefty garlic infuses entrees, soups and salads with sweet, mild flavor. These easy-growing, widely adapted garlics will keep up to 10 months. 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. Averages 11 cloves per bulb. Softneck variety.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Softneck

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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How to Sow

  • In the South, plant cloves in the fall for a spring harvest. In the North, plant softneck varieties in early spring for a summer harvest and hardneck varieties in fall for a spring harvest.
  • Plant cloves in well-drained soil rich in organic matter and full sun when you receive your bulbs. Do not hold your bulbs until the next planting season.
  • Each bulb is made up of several sections called “cloves” held together by a thin, papery covering. Before planting break the cloves apart and plant each separately.
  • Choose a location in full sun with well-drained soil where you did not plant garlic the previous year.
  • Work organic matter into your soil at least 6-8 inches deep, removing stones, then level and smooth.
  • Plant in rows 1-2 feet apart, 1 inch deep and 4 inches apart. Firm lightly and water gently.
  • Plant cloves with the pointed side up.
  • Spring planted garlic emerges in 14-21 days. Fall planted garlic may not emerge until spring.
  • If the garlic emerges in the fall and a heavy frost is expected, mulch tender greens for protection.

How to Grow

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Harvest when the foliage begins to yellow. At this time bend back the tops to hasten yellowing and drying of the tops. Feel around the top of the bulb to make sure the cloves have formed.
  • Pull up the plants and allow them to dry in the sun for a few hours. Spread them out in a well-ventilated location until the tops are thoroughly dry, about 3-4 weeks.
  • Cut off the tops 1-2 inches above the bulbs, or braid the tops together for softneck varieties. Store loose bulbs in a dry, cool, airy place in baskets, or hang braided garlic strings.
  • Garlic may be frozen, make into vinegar, or made into garlic salt.
Type
Softneck
Days To Maturity
90-240 days
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
4 inches
Height
18-24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Thin
4 inches
Garlic, Early Italian is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong bulbs, good storage I grew these a few years back, and despite it being my first time planting, these bulbs came up strong, and made it through a VERY soggy winter in the Bay Area. Only had a few that rotted from the rain. Loved the clay soil, and these bulbs after drying and curing stayed useable eight months after harvest! If I wasn't trying a bunch of new varieties, I'd go back to this one in a heartbeat :)
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Early Italian garlic Actually rather disappointed. Planted them in the spring and started up growing. However died off rather quickly, never rebounded.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Well Crud Unfortunately I had no luck whatsoever with this variety. The bulbs I received were in poor shape when I got them so I can't necessarily blame everything on the variety. Most were painfully dried up looking but I put everything out none the less. Long story short I have nothing to show for it but Burpee's is a solid company and made it right. I will try something different this Fall to go with the other variety's I have always grown.
Date published: 2016-07-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from None of it came up I have great garlic that I have grown from a neighbor's cloves, for 2 years. But this garlic that I ordered and planted last fall never came up. Money down the drain. My other garlic is fine. I guess I'll stick with the neighbor's cloves.
Date published: 2016-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Giant Bulbs Planted these on 11-5-14 and harvested on 6-27-15. Covered through the winter with a straw blanket. They produced very large bulbs. Similar in size to the elephant garlic I planted at the same time. I would recommend this soft-neck variety even in the Midwest.
Date published: 2015-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Huge Disappointment!! I bought this garlic last year and planted it with much anticipation. I was careful to enrich the soil well and it was very well drained and in full sun. Today, I dug up the mature heads and far from 'larger cloves', I found heads of garlic roughly the size of one normal clove. They are pretty much unusable. Terribly disappointing. I could have bought 10 - 20 times the garlic I got from this planting for the money paid. The picture shows the heads from the Burpee next to a small head from the grocery store.
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Early Italian Garlic I just opened the box of garlic that I ordered a few months ago. The Early Italian garlic heads were big and the cloves were all seemingly healthy and ready to be planted. I was concerned since in Sonoma County the weather here is still warm but we'll see how they do.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Home-Grown Garlic Only I'll no longer buy garlic in the store after just one successful season planting my own. Got and planted these in late autumn 2012. Green shoots showed above-ground before winter so was a little nervous about survival. But, come spring 2013, these were still good to go - and go they did. I started pulling in late June and was done by mid July. Hung and let cure for about three weeks before using. Terrific bold taste - we use less than half as many cloves now as we did with store-bought and still get incredible flavor. Low maintenance: the only things I did along the way were strawing around the plants and adding some rock phosphate. I had to do a little homework to figure out when to harvest - You Tube videos are good, basically look for the leaves to be 3/4 yellow - but was a simple learning process. The only mistake I made was not planting enough. So I'm doubling space for next year's crop and adding the Spanish, have read good things about it.
Date published: 2013-09-02
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