Hardneck Garlic - Georgian Crystal

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Hardneck Garlic - Georgian Crystal

Allium sativum

**Garlic is a pre-order item and quantities are limited.  Garlic will ship beginning of October.**

PORCELAIN. Vigorous in growth, producing large, white bulbs. Has a less pungent bite than most other of the Porcelain cultivars.
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

Planting Guide and Seed Saving notes for Garlic

Garlic (Allium sativum)

First cultivated in Egypt over 6,000 years ago, today we consume more than 250 million pounds annually! Much experimentation is being done with growing garlic from seed, a somewhat tricky process. Most garlic is grown from cloves, a method of asexual reproduction that produces clones of the original bulb.

Nutrients: vitamins C (high), B6, E and K, thiamin, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin.

How to Grow Garlic from Bulbs

Bed 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.


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. 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. 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. You can choose to mulch heavily for the winter. This will help prevent weeds and reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation by keeping in soil moisture. 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.


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

These grow well in a wide variety of climates, producing large bulbs with many cloves that can range from mild to spicy depending on variety and growing season. Plants grow soft stalks that can be braided for storage. 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. 

How to save Garlic Bulbs

Select the largest, healthiest bulbs for seed stock. Don’t use any discolored or soft bulbs. 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. Replant in the fall to harvest again the following year.



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Our website automatically calculates shipping costs based on weight, and zip code. If your order is under 1 lb you have the option of USPS First Class, USPS Priority, or UPS Ground. If your order is 1 lb or over it will be shipped USPS Priority or UPS Ground, it can NOT be shipped USPS First Class.    Return to Top


Shipping Policy / Delivery Policy 

Orders with all items in stock will ship in 3-4 business days, plus transit time. During peak season (January - April) please allow extra time for your order to be fulfilled. We do NOT process orders on the weekend, if you place an order on Friday it will be processed on Monday

All orders are shipped by the United States Postal Service or UPS, either USPS First Class, USPS Priority, or UPS Ground. USPS First Class (under 1 pound) transit time 5-6 business days. USPS Priority and UPS Ground (1lb and over)  transit time 2-3 business days. If your order is over 1 lb it will be shipped USPS Priority or UPS Ground (depending on what you chose in check out), it can NOT be shipped USPS First Class. 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. Seasonal Items will be shipped and available based on South East planting times. 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 (seed packets, cover crops, etc.) will be shipped within 3-4 business days, and the Pre-Order/ Seasonal items will ship out separately as they become available based on South East planting times. 

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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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