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Garlic, Elephant

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Enormous bulbs weigh up to 1 lb.! Has a milder, mellower flavor.

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Elephant garlic prefers a long, cool growing season and is best planted in early fall. The larger the planted clove, the larger the bulb it will produce, and these cloves are huge. You'll harvest enormous bulbs that are up to 4" wide and 3" long! Delicious mild flavor. 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 2 cloves per bulb.
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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.

24-36 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

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.

Fall, Spring

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Item 69070T cannot ship to: AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, CN, FM, GU, HI, ID, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI, WA
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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.
Days To Maturity
90-240 days
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
4 inches
Height
24-36 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Thin
4 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Garlic, Elephant is rated 3.7143 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great flavor but low yield I was a bit concerned that we might be a bit too far north for this variety to work out well. The shipment had one bulb that had 4 large cloves (I think there were several smaller cloves but they did not survive long enough to produce). I planted in the fall and they started growing immediately. I buried the plants in mulch to protect them when the winter weather hit. The 4 feet of snow cover probably helped them survive. In the Spring 4 plants looked healthy. Two died relatively early and did not produce usable bulbs. Two produced essentially one massive bulb each. The garlic was delicious. If you live in a climate where they do well I would not hesitate to plant. It was a weird season with winter starting late before becoming unusually harsh. Spring weather was brief they we transitioned to much hotter than normal. I guess I would not write these off completely but I will try more cold-hearty varieties this year.
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elephant Garlic I bought some elephant garlic years ago and have been growing it ever since. The small corms that attached to the bulbs will produce a solid, but smaller bulb without cloves the first year. If replanted, they produce a regular bulb the 2nd year. The stems (scapes) are also delicious when cut before the flower opens, so don't just throw them away. The biggest surprise was finding out that Elephant garlic is not a true garlic, but a member of the onion family, closely related to the Leek.
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Elephant Garlic Ordered 1/4 lb Elephant Garlic. The picture shows a garlic bulb with as many as "10 CLOVES". I only received 2 bulbs with "NO CLOVES" wouldn't you assume that you would receive the garlic as #advertised# pictured. I now have planted only 2 elephant garlic plants instead of 20 plants as pictured containing 20 cloves. However, the other types of garlic received from Burpee were fine, as pictured in the catalog. I planted 160 cloves of the other types for 160 plants, vs only the 2 Elephant Garlic.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Curiosity Got these at the end of May and put planted half the bulbs. Someone with more experience than I told me to hold off until Fall. If so, what do I do with the bulbs I haven't planted yet...or should I just plant all of them, even though it is now June?
Date published: 2014-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Garlic I order this elephant garlic every fall from Burpee's and plant it in mid October after frost and after I've tilled the garden. It is very hardy and I harvest huge garlic bulbs in late summer. Flavor is awesome and with the bulbs being so big, doesn't take too many plants! This is my favorite garlic to grow!
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Elephant Garlic bulbs I purchased a 1/2 lb of garlic elephant in April. As soon as I received them, they were planted in a box planter. I took care of them as I have in the past with other garlic plants. Out of the 3 bulbs I received, two started to sprout. I don't know if it was the drought that followed shortly after the planting (about 1 month) or what, but they did not grow well at all. One managed to grow about three inches when it died. This was my first experience with the elephant garlic. Little afraid to spend the money to try it again.
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, these are huge! I planted these all separate from my regular garlic, thinking that way I wouldn't get them mixed up. Wow, I didn't need to have worried. These were huge!!! I am very, very pleased. They are almost scary looking.
Date published: 2009-06-30
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