Growing Elephant Garlic
This article will give you some easy and simple tips on growing elephant garlic.
Elephant garlic is a kind of garlic which possesses the mild and slightly sweet flavor. This garlic is named as elephant garlic due to its large size. However, the truth is that elephant garlic is not true garlic, but a leek with similar appearance like that of regular garlic.
How to grow elephant garlic:
Before growing the elephant garlic, you need to prepare the soil for plantation. You should fertilize the soil properly for growing the elephant garlic. After preparing the soil, you can select the clean, dry bulbs with no sign of mold or decay.
Crack the bulb, select the larger cloves for planting, and try to plant them the same day they are cracked. Small cloves usually grow small bulbs, so plant only the larger ones. Plant the cloves in the position that top of the cloves should be two inches below the soil surface. Plant the garlic in full sunlight, 4-8 inches apart in rows which are around 8-10 inches apart.
Make sure to water the plant every 3 to 5 days until the stalks come up through the ground.
You can harvest the elephant garlic by pulling or digging when the tops turn brown and die down in summer.
Store the garlic in a cool, dry place to prevent sprouting. The perfect storage conditions are 45-55 degrees F at 50 % relative humidity.
Tips and suggestions: growing conditions of elephant garlic
Many factors are responsible for providing good growth of your elephant garlic. These factors include:
Once you have prepared the soil, make sure that the pH value for soil is in the range of 6.0-7.0. You can also do a water drainage test. Elephant garlic does best in rich, deeply cultivated, well-drained soil.
Minimal weed competition:
Elephant garlic, like onions, cannot withstand weed competition. Use a very shallow cultivation with a sharp hoe to keep the area scraped free of weeds.
Plenty of organic matter:
Elephant garlic needs fertile soil with plenty of organic matter so the soil remains uncompacted through the long growing season. Elephant garlic likes high nitrogen foliar fertilizer, sprayed every ten days to two weeks.
After reading this article, I hope you will also agree that growing elephant garlic is not as difficult as it seems to be.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and grow elephant garlic right in your own garden.
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