NEW! Marbled Purple Striped Garlic, Bogatyr – 4 oz

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NEW! MARBLED PURPLE STRIPED GARLIC, Bogatyr

Allium Sativum

FULL SUN The Marbled Purple Striped Garlics are an intriguing group. While the plants are more similar to Purple Stripes, the bulbs can easily be mistaken for Rocamboles. When broken apart, the bulbs display characteristics of both Rocamboles and Purple Stripes. Bulb wrappers tend to be mottles rather than striped, and most strains have only 4-7 cloves per bulb.

By just about every measure, Bogatyr is an outstanding garlic. It was brought from the Moscow area by way of the Gatersleben Seed Bank in eastern Germany. It produces cery large, very long storing bulbs.

The cloves have a strong, garlic flavor and are very hot, particularly when grown in warm climates where it does well. It may be the longest storing striped garlic and its bulbs are among the largest of all striped garlics. Bogatyr also performs well in cooler climates. Sometimes the stalks have an unusual red tinge.

NEW !Striped Garlic, Bogatyr

Native to south-central Asia, garlic was probably domesticated from a single variety, Allium longicuspis, thousands of years ago. Today the plant is grown on every continent except Antarctica.

Garlic, which is a member of the same group of plants as the onion, has been cultivated for millennia. As a cultivated plant, it is so old that it is difficult to credit a country of origin for this vegetable. All modern garlic belongs to one of two subspecies: hardneck (ophioscorodon) or softneck (sativum). Hardneck subspecies try to produce flower stalks with small aerial cloves called bulbils. Hardnecks will not produce large bulbs underground unless the flower stalks are removed. There are three varieties of hardneck garlic: Purple Striped, Porcelain and Rocambole. Softnecks have lost the ability, for the most part, to produce a flower stalk. However, under certain climatic situations, the bulbs may try to produce a flower stalk known as bolting. There are three varieties of softneck garlic: Artichoke, Silverskin and Creole.

The Striped Garlics, hardnecks, are so named because of the striking purple stripes and blotches on the clove skins and bulb wrappers. These are the most beautiful of all the garlic varieties and they also have outstanding flavor. Glazed Purple Striped varieties mature earlier than standard Striped varieties and are shinier. Both varieties have 8-12 cloves per bulb. Marbled Purple Stripe varieties have mottled bulb wrappers and large cloves, usually 4-7 cloves per bulb.

The Marbled Purple Striped Garlics are an intriguing group. While the plants are more similar to Purple Stripes, the bulbs can easily be mistaken for Rocamboles. When broken apart, the bulbs display characteristics of both Rocamboles and Purple Stripes. Bulb wrappers tend to be mottles rather than striped, and most strains have only 4-7 cloves per bulb.

By just about every measure, Bogatyr is an outstanding garlic. It was brought from the Moscow area by way of the Gatersleben Seed Bank in eastern Germany. It produces cery large, very long storing bulbs. The cloves have a strong, garlic flavor and are very hot, particularly when grown in warm climates where it does well. It may be the longest storing striped garlic and its bulbs are among the largest of all striped garlics. Bogatyr also performs well in cooler climates. Sometimes the stalks have an unusual red tinge.

Garlic is best when planted in the fall, but can be planted in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked. If planting in the fall, plant 30 days before the ground freezes and mulch with straw or alfalfa hay if possible. Garlic must have some exposure to cold for several weeks or it will not bulb. Amend the soil with potash and phosphate before planting. Plant the cloves 1-2 in. deep and 4-6 in. apart in rows separated by 12-18 in.

Harvest in mid-summer when 2/3 of the stalk has turned brown or yellow. Dig the bulbs from the soil with stalks attached. Cure in a dry, shaded area with lots of air circulation for 4-6 weeks. Stalks can then be removed from the bulbs.

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