garlic 'Solent White'
garlic (softneck) bulb - Allium sativum Solent Wight
- available to order from autumn
- 1 head (bulb)
- Standard (dispatched separately)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: any soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A strong-flavoured British garlic, that is largely grown on the Isle of Wight. It has become a very popular variety which is well adapted to the British climate and produces a good crops of large bulbs with plump tasty cloves. One of the best garlics for plaiting and storing, as if kept cool and dry, the bulbs will store for months after they have been harvested. If planted early in the season, you can expect to be lifting and using the mature bulbs from July.
- Garden care:
Plant the cloves (pointy side up) 2cm deep from October to March (if frost permits) at 15cm intervals. Subsequent rows should be spaced at 30cm intervals. Gently lift when the leaves start to yellow, and leave them on the surface of the soil (or in a bright shed) to ripen before storing them in a light, airy position, which is dry and frost free. There are not many varieties that show resistance to rust, but one way round this is to plant your garlic early, so that by May when rust is usually getting busy the garlic is well developed.
Please note this is one head (bulb) that can be split up into several cloves before planting. You will usually get about 4 cloves from this variety of garlic when split up for planting.