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Allium sativum var. ophioscorodon 'Chesnok Red'

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: sativum var. ophioscorodon
Cultivar: Chesnok Red

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kmom246 On Sep 15, 2007, kmom246 from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Here in the High Desert, even during the "drying out" period prior to harvest, the garlic will need a little supplemental watering. This garlic survived winter temps down to 0*F with no mulch and summer temps up to 110*F without blinking. Bulb size was very good, although not quite as large as the seed bulbs that I purchased. I think the excessive heat may have been a factor. This was my second best performer here as far as growing and bulb production (Siberian was #1). I don't have a very sophisticated pallet, so I can't really judge it against the taste of other garlic I grew - except to say it was, as were the others, MUCH stronger, spicier and picant than any store bought one I've ever tasted.

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

For info only. Comes from the village of Shvelisi, Republic of Georgia. Nicely colored bulbs peel easily. Good lingering taste, retains flavor well when cooked. Rated as one of the very best for baking or roasting. Hardneck, 8-10 cloves per bulb.


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

Montrose, Colorado
Nampa, Idaho
Rogers, Minnesota
Silver Springs, Nevada
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania

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