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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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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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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 3.8 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glad I tried it! With the dry fall, mild winter and rainy spring and summer, I got a good yeild. It is still drying but looking forward to a great taste.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No luck Planted as directed. Garlic grew for 8mos. All 80pcs that was planted died after 8months.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sprouted garlic Almost all eaten by this assumed culprit. Rating based on hoped for results, but now it's too late for this summers crop.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So easy. Bug bulbs Planted these back in October. Pulled them up today. So easy
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor growth I planted this in my garlic bed along with three hardneck varieties, two of which were my own saved seed. It was very slow to come up compared with the others; but this did not bother me, as it is probably sourced from a different climate. What did bother me is the high failure rate I am already observing. Over half has died already. In my area my garlic normally thrives through the winter, and the other garlic I saved has done so. This garlic sent up weak sprouts and they have been steadily disappearing over the winter. There were several rotten cloves among the seed garlic, so I can only assume this is due to the seed being very old. Here's hoping the rest of it picks up with the warm weather, because honestly some grocery store softneck garlic I planted a few years ago did way better than this is.
Date published: 2017-03-09
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
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