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Garlic, Burpee's Best Collection

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Customer favorite collection.

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This collection is composed of our top three customer favorites:
  • 'Extra Select'
  • 'Early Italian'
  • 'Silver Rose'
    Try these softnecks and see what the neighbors are talking about. All three varieties are extremely adaptable, growing 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.
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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.


    Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

    90-150 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

    Plant Shipping Information

    Plants begin shipping week of:

    Mar 16, 2020

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    Item 69073C cannot ship to: AE, AK, AP, AS, CN, FM, GU, HI, ID, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI, WA
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    • Garlic

      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
      First Date: Mar-25 - Last Date: May-16
      First Date: Sep-01 - Last Date: Oct-01

    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, 3-4 inches 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
    90-150 days
    Full Sun
    4 inches
    18-24 inches
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow
    Planting Time
    Fall, Spring
    4 inches
    Garlic, Burpee's Best Collection is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed at harvest time My harvest resulted in very small bulbs. I was not pleased with my garlic have St from this collection.
    Date published: 2017-08-18
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't rely on provided shipping dates. I ordered weeks and weeks ahead of the provided shipping date and now its more than a week past the shipping date and it still hasn't been shipped because they go from west coast to east regardless of how early you place an order. Shops here are loaded up with these items and I'm still waiting for shipping notification. Sad.
    Date published: 2016-04-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Constant rain affected garlic this year. To Debbie in VA: I am in West Virginia and it rained here almost every day, and in large amounts, from mid June through mid July. Much of my garlic was soft by the time I started pulling it around the 4th of July. It will not keep and I am using the soft garlic ASAP. I did not have this problem last year and my garlic lasted in a cool place in the house almost until harvest time this year.. Hopefully, next year will be better for growing garlic in this region. I am planning to plant again this fall.
    Date published: 2015-08-09
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Need Help I ordered this collection again this year and I am wandering if I made a mistake in doing so. I planted them in the fall as directed. So far I have only gotten 3 very small heads of garlic and 3 other fell apart when touched. We did have a very cold and snowy winter this year, but once spring came they looked like they were going strong. However spring and summer so far has been really wet and was wandering if that had something to do with it Can anyone give some kind of help as to what went wrong, because I really hate spending all this money and not getting what I expect back in return. Thanks for any 411 anyone can me!
    Date published: 2015-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Garlic Collection THis was the 2nd year in a row I used this garlic collection. I got so much garlic! I was able to share with friends, and it lasted me from July until December. Nothing beats fresh garlic, and it was a treat to have different varieties. Very easy to grow!
    Date published: 2014-11-02
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Garlic collection I was really excited to grow different varieties of garlic. I had stakes with the different names all ready to go. Imagine my dismay when the garlic arrived all in one bag! I have tried to figure out which is which so we shall see. As they all have different tastes and longevity it would really be best to ship the different types in the collection with some way to identify the varieties.
    Date published: 2014-10-06
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