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Garlic, German Red

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

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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 6-10 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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    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
90-240 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 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious I planted 120 cloves of this garlic in October of last year and 116 survived to the spring. Unfortunately, an extremely wet and stormy spring with wild temperature swings meant that I had an outbreak of botrytis (neck rot) around the time scapes were first starting to appear (which is in no way Burpee's fault, it's a wind borne fungus). I elected to pull the lot rather than risk losing the entire crop. Despite being pulled a month early, most were only a bit smaller than a golf ball, and since garlic typically doubles its size in the last month you can picture how large they would have been had I been able to leave them. Even with the fungal issue, they've cured well and I've already used a couple of heads in cooking and fresh in pesto. So tasty, they've put me off supermarket garlic forever. Highly recommend this variety!
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't make it through the winter I planted German Red and Montana Giant last October. None of the German Red came up this Spring. I dug down and found that all of the cloves had simply disappeared. The Montana Giant is doing fine.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst ever! Will never buy garlic from Burpee's again! Bought 5 varieties and was disappointed in all of them. Purchased Music, Purple glazer, German red, Sonora, Polish red(?), and all of them were small, dried up (looked old) rot spots, covered in yellow insect eggs and discolored. Have grown Music and German red before(purchased from another supplier) and both did very well and were in beautiful condition when I received them...unfortunately the supplier had a crop failure this year and I wanted to place just one order so thought I would try Burpee. NEVER again. They were so diseased and infested that I threw all of it away rather than risk infecting my soil. Too late to get it in now so next year will order from someone else. Wish I had taken pics to post.Live and learn.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good germination first try at winter garlic came up fast have had a lot of rain since planting
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always a winner The ease of ordering and knowing they are always watching for just the right time to ship to my zone takes the worry away. Always great harvests with Garlic from Burpee. I am expecting a great harvest starting next spring!!
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great flavor but, small yield! Planted 6 cloves in late Sept(Zone 6a) in full sun. Scapes all came up. Mulched as instructed for winter. Spring came. Only 2 scapes seen. By July when scapes died down, only 1 bulb survived/harvested which had about 6 cloves. Great flavor just wish I had a better yield.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A waste of time First I planted Winter Garlic and it did not come up at all. Then I Plated these soft neck Garlics and they broke ground, came up about 2 inches and then they all died off. For a veg. that is claimed to be easy to grow, it was just a waste of money, time and garden space.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good flavor but..... I planted about 65 cloves in October. They all came up nicely this spring. I harvested mid - June and was surprised to find large single cloves, no bulbs. The clove was perfectly shaped like a small onion and when cut in half was solid, no sections. I plant garlic every year and never saw this happen but this is the first time I ever planted German Red.
Date published: 2017-07-23
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