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Garlic, Italian Loiacono

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Heirloom from 1912 brought to the USA by the Loiacono family.

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A rich flavored Italian garlic brought to the United States from by the Loiacono family in 1912. Smaller number of cloves but bigger and squarer in size than the typical softneck. This variety is very adaptable and grows in a variety of 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. Italian Loiacono maintains a higher quality in post-harvest storage than most hardneck varieties, storing well for up to 9 months. Averages 11 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

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

3-4 inches

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.

4-6 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18-24 inches

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Days To Maturity
90-240 days
Fruit Size
3-4 inches
Full Sun
4-6 inches
18-24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
4 inches
Garlic, Italian Loiacono is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from High hopes but sad results My experience with this variety was very disappointing - puny undersized heads. All appeared well enough - right up till harvest. Truly wasn't worth the expense, time and energy let alone the space it took up in my garden.
Date published: 2019-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great first timer garlic crop This was my second attempt to grow garlic. The first try with a different variety was unsuccessful. I planted the Loiacono cloves in early November (southeast PA location) following the instructions in the Burpee video and gave them a nice layer of mulch. Almost all cloves sprouted in the spring. I harvested bulbs in late June. The crop was fantastic; mostly large bulbs and the garlic smell was heavenly. I hung the bulbs in my cool and very dry basement and started using them for my pickling in early August. The cloves are beautiful and easy to peel. I love this variety and will order it again for my 2020 crop.
Date published: 2019-08-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Green and rotting Received them in a timely manner.. Ordered 1Italian loiacono and 2 Transylvania. The loiacono was green and rotting. I was able to plant 40(hope they all sprout). The transylvania I planted 160 (with some left over). Hmmm. Buying the transylvania for years..
Date published: 2019-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great flavor! I bought these last fall and planted them a few weeks before last frost date. They all sprouted before the frost and survived the mild winter. I harvested one bulb a litttle early because my husband couldn't wait any longer. It was amazing! The cloves were decent sized and the flavor was excellent! I was a little worried that I may not have put enough soil amendments to offset our heavy clay but I must have. I'm going to try to save some to plant this fall but I'm not sure my husband will let me. I might end up buying more.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Planted in Fall, Large Summer Harvest I started harvesting these about 3 weeks ago and have a nice crop continually getting ready for harvest. Planted about 100 cloves and it looks like 100% survival. Planted late summer to early fall and half were under a cold frame and half out in the open, cold frame crop was earlier harvest. Very good flavor, will plant again.
Date published: 2016-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not moldy I bought these and Transylvania last fall. Mine were not wet or moldy when received. I harvested mine a few weeks ago and they're now cured and braided for storage. I'm surprised at how small the bulbs and cloves are. Possibly my ground was more compacted than it should have been. The flavor is good.
Date published: 2015-07-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rotted garlic seeds Don't know if it's Burpees way of handling or curing. All garlic bulbs received were moldy and wet internally. Waste of money. Will have to find another source.
Date published: 2015-05-27
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