California Early White Softneck Garlic


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California Early White Softneck is an easy-to-grow white garlic with large, plump, creamy-white cloves and sharp, rich, umami flavor that is superior to store-bought garlic! California White is a favorite for its fast growth, long storage, and incredible flavor. Widely adaptable to most climates and reliably productive. Braid the tops into a decorative rope for an attractive display or give away as a gift! Grows 10-20 cloves per head.

Growing garlic at home from bulbs is easy and rewarding. Every clove can grow into a large bulb at least 10 times its weight within one year of planting. Plant in Fall for a late Spring or early Summer harvest or plant in early Spring for a harvest in the same season.

Also Known As: Artichoke Garlic, Softneck Garlic, and Silverskin Garlic.

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Plant Name:
Garlic, Early California White (Softneck)
Latin Name:
Allium sativum var. sativum
Days to Germinate: 7-14
Days to Harvest: 90 (Plant Spring/Summer), 240 (Plant Fall/Winter)
USDA Zones: 3-9
Lifespan: Perennial, Grown as Annual
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Fungicide-Treated Seeds*: No
Seeds Packed For**: 2024-2024

*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds.
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.


Planting Instructions:

Divide the bulb into individual cloves. Plant each clove with the narrow tip facing upwards 1-2 inches deep in soil. Try to plant cloves in well-drained soil rich in organic matter and full sun immediately after cracking the bulb into cloves. Plant Fall-planted garlic 6-10 weeks before the first frost for a harvest in Early Summer, about 240 days from planting. Plant Spring-planted garlic when soil reaches at least 55F for a harvest in the same season, about 90 days from planting. When bottom-third of leaves yellow, pull a garlic plant to check the bulb for splitting. If cloves have formed and the bulbs are a good size, harvest the bulbs. Cure the bulbs by leaving in a dry environment for 2-4 weeks. Optionally, braid tops tightly then allow bulbs to continue curing. Drought-sensitive.

Within-Row Spacing: 5 inches
Between-Row Spacing: >5 inches


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