recommendations for type of garlic to grow in z8b-9

jrgardner(z8b FL)August 18, 2006

I would like to try growing garlic for the first time this year and understand that fall planting is best for my area. I'd like to plant late October / early November. Anyone have experience in the gulf coast with that timing?

Also, are their specific types that do best in my zone/area? What are your favorite sources for garlic?

Thanks in advance --


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I can't offer reccomendations 'cuz this will be my first year growing garlic in zone 8b. I'm east of Gainesville...I've ordered a sampler pac of Creole garlic from gourmetgarlicgardens.

I'm guessing I'll have better luck with this type garlic as it's supposed to do well in the south and some varieties are from Cuba. Cuba does have mountains though.

I'm not sure how I'll fare and I didn't get an answer here for my pointedly FL oriented question. I'll let you know how I do, when I do.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gourmet Garlic Gardens

    Bookmark   August 21, 2006 at 7:08PM
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jrgardner(z8b FL)

Thanks for the info -- I'll take a look at the website and see what will work. Please do let me know how it goes -- Oh, one more question -- when are you going to plant?


    Bookmark   August 22, 2006 at 9:13AM
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feldon30(N Houston (8))

Zones 8-9 at least in Houston: Garlic cloves Nov 1-30.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2006 at 9:34AM
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I planted Rose du Lautrec and Creole Red on Thursday (Nov 2).

I have a few more varieties that need to be planted. I will plant them in a few days.

Curious to see how they do here...

    Bookmark   November 5, 2006 at 8:28AM
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Hey Kanaka__nui,

How did your creoles do?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 1:20AM
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cabrita(9b SoCal)

I am in zone 9b and would also like to know what are the best garlic varieties formy southern California climate. Any feedback on varieties anyone?

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 2:53PM
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I've had luck here in Central Texas with several types of artichoke varieties, such as Chet's Italian Red and Broadleaf Czech.

I haven't tried any creoles yet but I've heard good things about them.

What doesn't do well here are rocamboles. Don't even bother with those if you live in a warm climate. Purple stripes and porcelains are kind of so-so. Sometimes they do ok and sometimes they don't. Though your weather might not be as unpredictable as mine. I always grow several different kinds of garlic each year to hedge my bets.

I second the recommendation for Gourmet Garlic Gardens. They have good advice on that website for growing garlic in hot climates.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 8:58AM
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