Garlic Ahipara

$10.00

Family: ALLIACEA (Amaryllidaceae)
Genus & Species: Possibly Allium ampeloprasum

SHIPMENT DATE: APRIL – MAY (Garlic Onions and Strawberries are all sent once a year in April/May) Orders received will be placed on a first come first serve basis. Available to members only.

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Description

Heritage Status: New Zealand
Bio-Region of Origin: Northland
Quantity: Approximately 80 grams

Description: Kay found this garlic growing wild over large areas on the Ahipara Gumfields in the early 1990’s. It came to New Zealand with the Gumdiggers and because of it’s growth habit has naturalised on the gumfields. This garlic is probably actually a leek and is similar to Elephant garlic (which is also really a leek). It differs from Elephant Garlic because as well as producing garlic like bulbs with small hard skinned bulbils around the bulb it also sends up a very distinctive flower spike, which produces a spherical globe of bulbils. It is these bulbils along with the aerial bulbils that ensure this garlic grows and mutiplies and naturalises on sandy soils. The garlic is mild flavoured and the bulbs are large, each plant having usually only 2-5 cloves.

Planting Instructions: Garlic does best in light soils with good drainage and need a sunny position. Enrich soil with well rotted manure, compost, lime and Nature’s Garden prior to planting. Plant on 15 cm diagonal spacings from May to July depending on your region. Keep beds free from weeds. Mulch after planting but in wet areas watch that the mulch is not allowing the ground to become too sodden – should this happen pull mulch away from plants. Foliar feed with fish and seaweed during Winter and early Spring but stop once bulbs start to enlarge or the flower stalks start to emerge. Full sun and regular water during the months when the bulbs are developing is essential – stop watering when the tops begin to turn brown as the bulbs are now almost mature and watering can cause rotting at this point. Harvest garlic when the leaves to start to turn brown. Don’t leave it till the leaves have completely died back as your bulbs will have started to split. Dig out with a fork and set to cure under cover away from rain and sun but plenty of air movement – keep tops attached to bulbs for curing and storing.