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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|Garlic, Early California White (Softneck)
Allium sativum var. sativum
|Days to Germinate:
|Days to Harvest:
|90 (Plant Spring/Summer), 240 (Plant Fall/Winter)
|Perennial, Grown as Annual
|Full Sun, Partial Shade
|Seeds Packed For**:
*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.
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.