Garlic Varieties to Grow in Pots

Any variety of garlic can be grown in pots, but some varieties of garlic plants get larger than others, so should be planted further apart. Varieties which grow into smaller plants generally do better in a pot. When choosing which varieties to grow, consider how hot you prefer your garlic to taste, how you plan to use it, how long it will store and when it will be mature for harvest. Any variety of garlic can be used for any purpose, some are outstanding for a particular use. Plant most garlic varieties 4 inches apart, or 6 inches apart for larger varieties.

Heirloom Garlic Varieties to Grow in Pots

Chesnok Red Garlic is a hardneck variety with large bulbs, each with 5 to 10 cloves which are easy to peel. This versatile garlic has a lingering garlic flavor and is recommended for cooking. (1)

Brown Tempest Garlic is a hardneck heirloom garlic variety that packs a garlicky punch. Raw cloves start out with a hot flavor which mellows and has pleasing aftertaste. It matures late and stores better than most hardnecks. Each bulb will produce about six cloves. (1)

Fireball Garlic initially tastes rather hot when eaten raw, but quickly becomes less fiery and has rich garlic flavor. This variety is excellent for roasting, and retains its rich garlic flavor but without the heat. It matures in mid to late season and averages 7 to 8 clove per bulb. Fireball performs well in all regions of the US. (1)

Stull Garlic is a large clove garlic with easy to peel cloves. It has a hot flavor and stores for about six months. (1)

Spanish Roja Garlic is an heirloom garlic from Europe which was introduced to the United States over 100 years ago. It is preferred by chefs for its mild, rich garlic flavor and easy to peel cloves. The plants reach 8 inches high. (2)

Fast Maturing Garlic Varieties to Grow in Pots

Blossom Garlic is an Asiatic turban type heirloom garlic which is hot when raw, and mild and smooth when baked. It matures very early and grows into a small, 12 to 18 inches plant. It develops scapes which are good for flower arrangements and garnishes. (2)

Chinese Pink Garlic is a very early maturing turban heirloom garlic variety, maturing a month before most other varieties. It has a mild flavor and produces many small cloves. The plants grow to 18 inches high. (2)

Asian Tempest Garlic is an early maturing variety from South Korea. It grows well in areas where the winters are mild, cold, and wet. The cloves are sweet when they are baked and have a long storage life. The plants grow to 18 to 24 inches tall. (2)

Early Italian Purple Garlic is as an heirloom garlic well adapted to summer heat. This artichoke type grows into larger cloves than other softneck varieties. It has a sweet, mild flavor which is perfect for eating raw or in soups and entrées. Early Italian is well adapted to living in most of the United States, is easy to grow, and will store for up to 10 months. The plants reach 18 to 24 inches high and mature in 90 to 150 days. (2)

Late Maturing Garlic Varieties to Grow in Pots

Italian Late Garlic is an heirloom garlic which matures very late and stores exceptionally long to extend your harvesting season. This softneck variety has a mild flavor and the plants grow to 18 inches tall. (2)

Best Garlic Varieties for Spring Planting

Early Italian Garlic and Italian Late Garlic are good to plant in the spring.

Elephant Garlic is actually more closely related to a leek than to garlic, but it has a nice, mild garlic flavor. These plants get rather large, so plant cloves a minimum of six inches apart. Elephant garlic does well in most of the United States, and is excellent for roasting and cooking. Bulbs typically have 4 to 6 cloves. (1, 2)

Silver Rose Garlic is a long storing artichoke heirloom garlic variety with hot, but not overwhelming, flavor which is good for complimenting other flavors in recipes. This variety is excellent for braiding, and will store for 6 to 9 months. Bulbs typically produce at least 12 cloves each, and mature very late. The fast-growing plants reach 12 to 24 inches high, and should be planted 6 inches apart. (1, 2)

Inchelium Red Garlic and heirloom garlic and was a Rodale Kitchens taste test winner in 1990. This artichoke softneck variety produces large, flavorful cloves in mid season. This variety can get rather large, so plant it at least 6 inches apart. The bulbs can produce up to 20 cloves each, and store well. (1, 2)

Garlic Varieties for Hot Summers

Susanville Garlic is a mild softneck garlic variety which matures mid season. It is a good roasting variety that stores for 6 to 9 months. It averages 11 to 13 cloves per bulb. (3)

California Early White Garlic is an heirloom garlic with a good garlic flavor. In mid season, it produces large bulbs which store very well. This softneck variety is much like that which is sold in grocery stores and bulbs usually have 12 to 16 cloves. (3)

Lorz Italian Garlic is an heirloom garlic which was brought to the United States from Italy during the 1800s. When eaten raw, it has a robust, hot flavor. Bulbs typically produced 15 to 18 cloves. (3)

Shantung Purple Garlic is an heirloom garlic turban variety from China. This spicy garlic is a weakly bolting hardneck variety, which means that it sometimes produces scapes. Bulbs usually produce 6 to 8 cloves. This variety will withstand cold winters as well as hot climates. (3)

Sources for seed garlic and information, as well as young garlic transplants from March 15 to April 15:

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About Olympia

My name is Olympia Paz, and I am a graduate of Kansas State University.with extensive studies in soil science (agronomy), horticultural science, and biology. I have continued my own studies in these areas, especially soil science, and applied my knowledge to growing nutritious organic food in my home gardens, containers, and inside.

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