Hardneck Garlic

Turkish Giant Garlic Organic

Turkish Giant Garlic Organic


Mid-season. This gorgeous, purple stripe variety offers bold, full-bodied flavor that goes hand in hand with its size. The extra strong plants have sturdy, tall foliage, supplying lots of energy to produce Turkish Giant's bright red bulbs. An excellent choice for those who are looking for robust garlic flavor and superior storage qualities.

Garlic is shipped only in the fall-late September or early October, depending on the season. Quantities are limited; order before September 15th for best availability.

PLEASE READ: Not available to Idaho or Canada.

Approximately 40-65 cloves per pound.
  • XG250/D
  • 8 oz Organic shipped in fall
  • $15.95

  • XG250/E
  • 1 lb Organic shipped in fall
  • $23.50
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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 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 frost
• 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
• If there are no green leaves when you harvest, you may find the cloves are exposed when you dig up the garlic
• 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 the heads from foliage and store in mesh bags
• Softnecks: you can keep leaves on and braid the whole plant
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Bad Picture
Apr 29, 2016  |  By Mason Welter
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Good variety but the stuff I got looks nothing like it does in the picture. It looks like a typical purple stripe, but the cloves are tall and very square.
A little spice
Oct 27, 2015  |  By Jessica Veldman
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I bought this garlic two growing seasons ago to add some variety to my singular Music garlic. This garlic has performed well here the past two years in RI. As I readied my seed garlic for planting, at work, everyone kept asking me if I was growing elephant garlic. I noticed a previous customer had a bad experience but I would not let this deter you. The flavor is a little more robust than the Music variety with comparable clove size and growth. This garlic performs consistantly producing large heads with 5-6 cloves or more.
Turkish Garlic
Oct 15, 2012  |  By Garrett
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I ordered 1 pound of this Turkish Garlic in june/July of 2012 for the fall season. It shipped promptly in Early October, and arrived soon after. When I got the garlic to plant, most of the cloves were mushy, brown and unplantable. I think it is because this is an organic variety and was more susceptible to disease. I emailed territorial seeds and they sent a full refund within the next day. Although I am not happy with this variety of garlic, I am happy with the service. I would reccomend buying from here but just maybe think twice about this variety.