Genus & Species: Possibly Allium ampeloprasum
SHIPMENT DATE:SHIPMENT DATE:APRIL – MAY (Garlic and Onions are all sent once a year in April) Orders received will be placed on a first come first serve basis although they will be available to members only for the first week.
Limited to 2 per customer
Out of stock
Heritage Status: New Zealand
Bio-Region of Origin: Northland
Quantity: Approximately 100 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 multiplies 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.
More planting information here