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Garlic, German Red

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Strong, spicy, robust flavor. Well suited for cold winters.

Full Description

German Red, while adaptable, is especially well-suited for cold winters. It's bulbs are strong and spicy with a robust flavor, and the cloves are easy to peel, which makes them a favorite for chefs and foodies. Bulbs are fairly uniform and have thin, purple-brown skin. 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 14 cloves per bulb. Hardneck.
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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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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
Full Sun
4 inches
18-24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
4 inches
Garlic, German Red is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh our German Red Garlic Purchased this back in late fall and my husband planted and it popped up just like it was suppose to and we hope we have some to harvest come spring or early summer.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh Planted in October in MN and harvested in June. The plants looked like they were doing very well; tall beautiful stalks and pretty round heads. However, when harvested, we only got 5-6 cloves per bulb. Not even half of the projected amount in the description. Also, the cloves were fairly small. The flavor was great but ultimately the final quantity harvested wasn't worth the cost or garden space.
Date published: 2016-09-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from None of my plants survived I broke apart the garlic into separate cloves & planted in two different ways: one group in a plastic container with potting soil & the other group in Hay bales. Unfortunately, none of the plants survived the summer. All were watered & all were given sunlight. It is unclear why this would be the case. This year, SEMO had a great deal of rain & very hot weather. This may have caused the problem. Sorry to report the bad news.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from German Red grown in Northern Indiana I ordered this last august from burpee and it arrived to me in early fall and I planted it the 2nd week of november. I pulled all 40 bulbs today as it has been dry and hot so the weather was right and I only had 4-5 green leaves remaining on top of my German Red Garlic. I also got great scapes 3 weeks ago and cut them off to use in salads and dips. This garlic performed and grew great for me as you can see in my pics.
Date published: 2016-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great garlic Planted this garlic in October, was ready to harvest by late May/early June. Bulbs were a little small, but cloves are large and easy to peel. Beautiful color, great flavor. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2016-07-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible germination I bought this garlic this spring. When it arrived, the cloves looked a little dried out and not terribly healthy. I planted a few dozen anyway. Of all the garlic I tried to grow, only a single plant developed which was malformed and failed to thrive. Horribly disappointed in this garlic, will be trying something different in the fall.
Date published: 2016-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from strong flavor To start off, we did not plant these if full sun and they did not fully die back during the winter so the growing conditions were not ideal. We had a moderately warm snowy winter and the sprouts put up during the fall did not die and continued growing during the spring. Going into spring we basically had the cards stacked against us. However, these were delicious, we love garlic flavor and these completely delivered. The bulbs we did get had a very strong garlic flavor compared to the typical store variety, tasted great in pasta sauce, on pizza, and in marinades. The skins are easy to peel off, and didn't need to be put in the microwave to peel (you can microwave garlic for 8-15 sec to make the skins peel away easily). Enough grew that we were able to eat a bunch and still have some to plant again for next spring.
Date published: 2015-09-20
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