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Elephant Garlic Bulbs
Elephant Garlic grows exactly like hard neck garlic varieties, but it's actually in the leek family. Exactly as the name implies it is LARGE bulbs of garlic. Some of my biggest bulbs are close to one pound each!
You will enjoy the ease of pealing the larger cloves and how much easier it is to use them in cooking. For planting, figure on approximately five cloves per bulb.
Give them plenty of space when planting (at least 8" apart). They have grown well for me planted in the Fall -- expect bulbs to be 2.5"- 4" across! Also expect scapes to form in the late Spring. Unless you want to attract bees, you'll want to pull out or snap off the scapes while they're young and tender.
To propagate elephant garlic save your biggest bulbs and plant the biggest cloves you can. Seeds (called corms) will be hanging from the bottom of some bulbs. IF you can get these corms to germinate (you may need to soak the corms or even gently slit the outer shell), each one will grow into a round. A round is one solid, round piece of garlic. I get rounds that are anywhere from 1"-3" across. Plant those rounds in the Fall, and they will produce a large elephant garlic bulb for you the next season.
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