Susanville (Softneck Garlic)
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Species: Allium sativum - Subspecies: Sativum (Softneck)
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This softneck Artichoke variety can grow to be very large in the right soil and growing conditions. Originally from California, this softneck garlic has a moderate garlic flavor and can store for 4 to 5 months easily in good, cool, dry conditions. The bulbs generally contain 12 to 16 cloves with a whitish clove skin and cream colored flesh. Although a softneck that does well in milder climates, it has no problem with cold winters, and this variety produces large bulbs in our northern area with harsh winters.
Garlic varieties are broadly classified into two main categories: hardneck and softneck. The primary difference being that hardneck varieties produce a flower stalk and are often termed "topsetting" or "bolting" varieties.
Softneck garlics are very productive and produce smaller but more numerous cloves per plant. It is the easiest to grow and very adaptable in many climates and soils. The garlic flavor ranges from very mild to very hot.
The Hardneck garlic produces a "woody" flower stalk. The cloves are generally much larger and easier to peel. Garlics of this type have more complex and interesting flavors. Hardneck garlic is most closely related to wild garlic. Flowers, if they are produced, usually abort and form "bulbils" instead.