Hardneck Garlic

Chinese Pink Garlic

Chinese Pink Garlic


Very early-season, Turban type. When fall planted, this extra-early-maturing variety will put fresh garlic back into your favorite recipes a whopping 4-6 weeks ahead of almost all others. You will be harvesting Chinese Pink late May to early June. This fine quality garlic blurs the line between hard and softneck types. Its plump cloves are arranged in two layers, and the plants nearly always throw scapes but rarely result in the tough inner core. It has white outer skins, pinkish-purple inner skins, and pink clove wrappers; stores for 4-5 months. Chinese Pink has a nice mellow flavor that everyone can enjoy.

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 50-90 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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Early maturing and stores well.
Aug 4, 2019  |  By Dan Williams
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The order arrived a little late for fall planting at our elevation in central OR. Sprouted and begin growth quickly in late October. Deer cropped young leaves while we were on a trip, but recovered somewhat before freezing and snow set in. Made good growth once snow was gone, and was ready to harvest in early June. Plants and bulbs were quite variable in size. Good flavor with picante (firery) taste when raw. Mild or medium garlic flavor when roasted. Keeps well. I've grown this before and will plant it again. The only negative was the range of sizes, and its relative small size compared to most other hardback varieties I have grown.
The first to harvest
Aug 25, 2016  |  By Susan Langenes
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I grew garlic for the very first time over the winter of 15-16, and of three varieties (this, Purple Glazier, and Music), this was by FAR the earliest. Planted in October-November and was harvesting late May. Easy to peel with a wonderfully mild, sweet flavor; easy to eat raw. Holding very well after 3 months' storage, and I'll update in another couple months for a full report on storage ability (someone remind me?). I'd give it 5 stars if the cloves were a little bigger. Milwaukie, Oregon, zone 8b
Trouble with turbans
Aug 10, 2016  |  By Eleanor
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We planted twenty nine different varieties of garlic in October of 2015. Chinese Pink was among the three varieties that were complete failures with nothing to harvest. The common factor among the three failures is that they were all hard-neck turban varieties which has us believe that conditions in southeast Michigan were not favorable for successfully growing hard-neck turbans. Needless to say we will stick with non-turban varieties this season.
Small heads did not last to mid Oct planting date
Oct 18, 2014  |  By Lyn
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Disappointed. I ordered this garlic early Sept along with a few other varieties. Stored them all in a cool dark spot until I was ready to plant. The others I ordered were fresh and firm. The Chinese Pink heads were dried up and useless. Also the heads that were sent were very small. Obviously does not store well. Not even to Oct from a Sept order date. Seed garlic is too expensive for this. It's probably ok if you plan on planting right away so don't order too early.
Fast Garlic
Jun 12, 2013  |  By Jason A
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If you want garlic before anyone else then this is the garlic to grow. All of my cloves sprouted quickly when I planted in Sept/Oct and I started harvesting in May. That is a first for me!