Hardneck Garlic

Blanak Garlic

Blanak Garlic


Mid-season, Rocambole type. This spicy, vigorous, cold-hardy garlic from Bulgaria produces elegant, pearly white bulbs with chunky cloves. Blanak's cloves are covered with a shiny purpley-taupe colored skin that is easily peeled. The flavor is fiery and lasting; great for roasting, salsa making and adding zing to pickles.

Garlic is shipped only in the fall-late September or early October, depending on the season. Quantities are limited; order early for best availability.

PLEASE READ: Not available to Idaho or Canada.

Approximately 40-65 cloves per pound.
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Folklore is rife with tales of garlic's ability to bestow strength and courage, treat a vast array of disease and infections, and to ward off evil. Modern day medicine has shown this remarkable food to be powerfully effective at boosting the immune system, supporting cardiovascular health, and fighting cancer.

Hardneck Garlic: Allium sativum subsp. ophioscorodon Cloves grow in a single circle around a central woody stem. These varieties also produce, or attempt to produce, a flower-like stalk. What makes these garlics stand out is the range and quality of flavors they exhibit. Hardneck garlics typically have a shorter storage life than softnecks.

Softneck Garlic: Allium sativum subsp. sativum These varieties produce cloves in several layers around a soft central stem. Approximate cloves per pound can vary based on seasonal conditions and the variety. These easy-to-grow garlics are excellent in the kitchen and usually have the best storage qualities. Great for braiding.

Elephant Garlic: Allium ampeloprasum Not a true garlic, these enormous bulbs have much milder and sweeter flavor than garlic, as it's related more closely to a leek. Elephant garlic is planted 6-8 inches apart and covered with 4-6 inches of soil.

• Garlic thrives in rich, well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0-7.0
• Work in 1 inch layer of compost, 1/2 cup of bone meal, 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer per 5 row feet
• When spring growth begins: water to keep the soil slightly moist, and fertilize with Age Old Grow or TSC's Complete fertilizer
• As harvest approaches: water less to avoid molding or staining
• Hardnecks: cut off any flowering stems (scapes) at the top leaf to redirect energy to the bulb; scapes can be used like green onions

Direct Sowing
• In Northern regions, garlic is best planted by the end of October, or 6-8 weeks before the ground freezes
• Southern regions may plant as late as March
• Separate the cloves of garlic just prior to planting, keeping as much skin on as possible
• Plant cloves pointed end up
• Mulch with clean straw or leaves to 4 inches

Insects & Diseases
• Adapted to many climates, garlic is easy to grow and is bothered by few pests
Disease prevention: 5-7 year crop rotation, avoid soggy soil

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when the top 4-5 leaves are slightly green and lower leaves are dry
• Begin checking for mature bulbs in late June
• Each green leaf represents one layer of covering over the bulb in the ground
• Tie the plants in small bundles and dry in a cool, shaded, well-ventilated location for about 3-4 weeks
• After curing is done, cut foliage and roots from bulbs and store in mesh bags
• Softnecks: you can keep leaves on and braid the whole plant
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Blanak Garlic
Jul 2, 2018  |  By Stephanie
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Planted 60 Bulbs, 35 grew. Scapes grew very straight, and had to be cut from lower growth (rather than snapping off like other varieties I've grown). Scapes had bitter flavor, but still edible. Will be checking on bulbs for maturity in next week or so. Very much on the fence if I will grow this variety again next year.
Apr 12, 2017  |  By Sharon
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I planted Turkish Giant and Blank last fall. Nearly 100% germination from the TG, but only 25% from the Blanak.
Oct 1, 2016  |  By Lisa Wimmer
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2016 Was the first year that I planted this variety. I was very pleased with the size and conformation of the bulbs. I will definitely be buying this variety again.