Softneck Garlic
Allium sativum 'Inchelium Red'

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: sativum (sa-TEE-vum) (Info)
Cultivar: Inchelium Red
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Category:

Bulbs

Vegetables

Herbs

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Aromatic

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the bulb's scales

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Madison, Alabama

West Fork, Arkansas

Aguanga, California

Sunol, California

Valdosta, Georgia

Blockton, Iowa

Lexington, Kentucky

Elgin, Texas

Hayward, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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positive
2
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RatingContent
Neutral

On Mar 28, 2013, NicoleC from Madison, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

Produced medium sized bulbs of typical "grocery store" flavor. Not an outstanding cultivar for me, but not a failure. Second year crop from saved bulbs only produced small bulbs with little flavor.

Positive

On Nov 12, 2008, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

In my experience, Inchelium Red is a great variety for warmer climates. A favorite. Easy to grow, wonderful flavor, keeps well (can last for almost a year if cured and stored properly), and both the cloves and bulbs are good sized - except for a few smaller cloves in the center, which is typical of many artichoke types.

Neutral

On Feb 28, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Informational only: Found growing on the Colville Indian Reservation in Inchelium, WA. Light purple blotching on very large bulbs. Compound bulbs have 8-10 large outer cloves and 10-15 smaller cloves in the center of the bulb. Rated the best tasting garlic by the Rodale Institute in 1990. Softneck, 12-16 cloves per bulb.