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Garlic: softneck or hardneck?

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Jei70
Jei70 Posts: 281 Forumite
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What's the difference?

I'd never grown any garlic before, but we use a lot, so I'm looking for a reliable variety that also stores well. Any recommendations?
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  • cannyClaire
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    I was going to ask the same question!

    All I have found out (from a Suttons catalogue) is that hardneck varieties are more hardy. I might try Sicilian Red, a hardneck variety, and Solent Wight, a softneck which is suitable for the UK.

    I have also read that garlic grows really well if you start the cloves in individual seed tray cells, then plant out later.
  • DogsBody
    DogsBody Posts: 144 Forumite
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    Hardnecks are supposed to be the best for storing, but having said that, we are still using a string of Solent Wight bulbs harvested last August (2009), they are fine although some of the smaller cloves are drying out a bit, and this years string is hanging up beside them. Think we went a bit mental with garlic last year! Solent Wight is pretty tough, we grow it every year as our 'main' crop, and try whatever looks good in the catalogues as our 'extra' garlic :D

    Soil is pretty wet here over winter, so we start cloves in pots in October and plant them out in Jan/Feb, unless we forget, when we plant them direct in Feb.
  • realfood
    realfood Posts: 130 Forumite
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    I have just planted about 10 different varieties of garlic in a trial to find out the most suitable varieties for the North of the UK.
    I noted that Sicilian red had rather small cloves.
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