Garlic - Elephant (Seasonal)

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Garlic - Elephant (Seasonal) - Sow True Seed
Garlic - Elephant (Seasonal)

Garlic will be available for pre-order on January 15th, 2019.

Allium ampeloprasum

**Garlic is a pre-order item and quantities are limited.  Garlic will ship in September/October.**

Really a type of bulbing leek instead of true garlic, it is grown and harvested in nearly the same way. Produces huge softball-sized bulbs with mild flavor that can be eaten raw. These truly impressive plants reach 4-5 feet tall.   Imagine the flavorless horrors of a world without garlic. May we never know such a life! Fortunately garlic is readily available and very easy grow, with a wide range of varieties awaiting discovery by any gardener. A relative of the onion, it has been cultivated by humans for thousands of years. At this point in its evolution, the plant doesn't produce true seed anymore, preferring instead to reproduce through cloves. Nutrients: vitamins C (high), B6, E and K, thiamin, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin.>~section~
Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
n/a n/a n/a 8-9 months
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
Before First Frost n/a Full Sun Frost Tolerant
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Direct Seed 2" 5-6" n/a
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
5-6" n/a Annual 3-6 months

Soil Preparation

Hoe or till the planting bed a few weeks before planting to kill any weeds. Hoe again at planting time. If your soil is heavy or your region is prone to a rainy spring, create hills or raised beds for planting. This allows for better drainage. Planting Garlic Garlic can bruise easily, so be very gentle when handling the bulbs during planting, harvest, and storage. Store your garlic in a cool, dry place until you are ready to plant. When to Plant For most parts of the US, you should plant your seed garlic in October. If you are very far north, you may need to plant mid-Sept. If you are very far south, it may be December or January. You should check with your local Agricultural Extension Office for information about the best planting time for your region. How to Plant When you receive your seed garlic it will either be as loose cloves or whole bulbs. If it is whole bulbs, then you want to “pop” the cloves. This means removing the outer paper and separating the individual cloves. Don’t unwrap each clove, although if the clove skin comes off, it’s still fine to plant. Lightly squeeze the bulb to check for damage or softness – if you find some, those cloves should not be planted. With any garlic bulb there are always 1 to 3 naturally occurring very small cloves. Only plant the big fat ones for bulbs and save the little ones for eating. You could also plant them close together and harvest early as garlic scallions. Plant them pointy-end up/root-end down about 2” deep, spaced about 5” apart. Optional: Mulch heavily for the winter. This will help prevent weeds and reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation by keeping in soil moisture. Fertilizing Garlic benefits from a good all-around fertilizer mixed in with the soil at planting time. Ideally, use a slow-release granulated formula that will gradually feed the bulbs through the winter. A second top dressing in the early spring, before leaf growth begins, will give the plants an extra boost. Harvesting Hardneck Garlic: Harvest the scape in spring by snapping off the tendril at the point where it comes out of the plant stalk. Do not let the plant flower or it will reduce the bulb size. Pull bulbs when there are only 5 or 6 green leaves left on the plant. Don’t wait too long or the bulb will begin to split!
Softneck Garlic: Pull bulbs when there are 5 green leaves left. (Softneck garlic does not produce a scape.)
Elephant Garlic: Sometimes the plants make a flower stalk – snap that off if it appears. Pull bulbs when the edges of the leaves begin to brown but are still quite green. Curing and Storage Do not wash garlic at harvest time! Instead, just brush off whatever soil is stuck to the bulbs and let the rest dry on the plant. Store the whole plants in a cool dry place with good air flow, either laid out flat or hanging in small bunches. Good air flow is very important to prevent mold. After about 6 weeks, when the plants are thoroughly dry, clip the stalk and trim the roots. Seed Saving Select the largest, healthiest bulbs for seed stock. Don’t use any discolored or soft bulbs. Replant in the fall to harvest again the following year.

 

 

Shipping and Handling Costs

Our website automatically calculates shipping costs based on weight, zip code, and how many shipments you will be receiving.  The following chart will give you an estimate of your shipping charges.  
Shipping & Handling (USA)
First Class or Priority Mail
Regular Shipping To find your base shipping charge, use the table below. If you have also ordered bulk seed and/or specialty items, use the provided shipping tables to calculate your additional shipping charge.
ORDER TOTAL ADD
Up to $15 $3.95
$15.01 - $55 $5.95
$55.01 - $100 $7.95
$100.01 and up $9.95
Specialty Shipping Find the total weight of these products ordered and use the tables below to calculate additional shipping charges.
 
Bulk, Mushroom Bags & Sprouting Seeds Garlic Shipping
TOTAL BULK SEED WT. ADD TOTAL GARLIC WT. ADD
Less than 1 lb $0 Less than 1 lb $0
1 lb - 5 lbs $2 1 lb - 5 lbs $3
5.1 lbs - 10 lbs $4 5.5 lbs - 10 lbs $5
10.1 lbs - 15 lbs $6 10.5 lbs - 15 lbs $7
15.1 lbs - 20 lbs $8 15.5 lbs - 20 lbs $9
20.1 lbs - 25 lbs $10 20.5 lbs + Call for quote
25.1 lbs + Call for quote Sweet Potato Shipping
Potato Shipping NUMBER of SLIPS ADD
TOTAL POTATO WT. ADD 12 slips to 50 slips $12
3 lbs - 10 lbs $5 51 slips to 100 slips $5
11 lbs - 20 lbs $8 101 slips to 300 slips $8
21 lbs - 30 lbs $11 301 slips to 500 slips $11
31 lbs + Call for  quote 501 slips plus Call for quote

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Shipping Policy / Delivery Policy 

Orders with all items in stock will ship in 3-4 business days (varies by season) plus transit time. All orders are shipped by the US Postal Service or UPS. US Postal Service First Class orders (under 1 pound) transit time 5-6 business days. US Postal Service Priority orders transit time 1-3 business days. If your order is over 1 lb it will be shipped US Postal Service Priority, it can NOT be shipped USPS First Class. UPS transit time 1-3 business days. All transit times varies by season.  If you want to receive tracking information please provide an email when placing your order, tracking information is sent via email. If you require expedited shipping please call us at 828-254-0708.

Pre-Order/ Seasonal Items: 

If your order contains a Pre-Order/ Seasonal item(s), example: Garlic, Shallots, Seed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, etc., they will be shipped during the season those items are available. If your order has both Pre-Order / Seasonal items and seed packets, cover crops, etc., Pre-Order items will NOT delay the other items in your order from being shipped.Those NON Pre-Order/ Seasonal items will be shipped within 3-4 business days, and the Pre-Order/ Seasonal items will ship out separately as they become available. 

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If you live near Asheville, North Carolina, and would like to pick up your order, instead of paying shipping, you can select local pick up when you are checking out. Please provide a phone number and (or) email address so we can contact you when your order is ready to pick up. If you do NOT live in North Carolina, for example you live in Johnson City, Tennessee and would like to pick up your order instead of paying shipping, please put our address as the shipping address:

Sow True Seed 243 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801

If you do not use a North Carolina shipping address it will not allow you to select local pick up. 

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