Garlic Elephant Cloves
Garlic Elephant Cloves
Garlic Elephant Cloves
Garlic Elephant Cloves
Garlic Elephant Cloves
Garlic Elephant Cloves

Garlic Elephant Cloves

Giant bulbs as big as your fist!
  • Hardy perennial herb that produces massive bulbs up to 10-15cm (4-6in) diameter.
  • More closely related to leeks than regular garlic – with a mild and sweet flavour.
  • Use raw in salads and dressings or bake whole for an unusual vegetable or dip.
  • A perfect choice for your kitchen garden or to add drama to a mixed border.
  • Supplied as 4 planting cloves to grow 4 plants.

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Item: 360009
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The spectacular Elephant garlic is more closely related to leeks than regular garlic and is commonly known as the ‘wild leek’. Easy and rewarding to grow, this hardy perennial herb produces massive, papery-skinned bulbs that can measure up to 10-15cm (4-6in) in diameter, each with 5 or 6 huge cloves. It is a perfect choice for the kitchen garden or for adding a touch of drama to your herbaceous borders.

Milder and sweeter in flavour than smaller varieties, Elephant garlic makes a versatile and interesting cooking ingredient. Grate it raw for salads and dressings; slice it finely for stir-fries; or best of all, bake or roast whole bulbs and squeeze out the lovely creamy centres for an unusual vegetable or dip, for spreading on crusty bread, or adding to mashed potato. Also great for the barbeque – just wrap them in foil and throw them on the grill! Cloves can be used fresh and succulent, or after they have been dried and stored over a few weeks or months, when they will have a more intense flavour.

A native of Asia, Elephant garlic thrives in a sunny position in well-drained soil, although can tolerate a heavier soil than smaller garlic varieties. Its large, broad, flattish blue-green leaves and sturdy flower stems will rise tall and proud in your vegetable garden – or make a striking feature in a mixed border. The pinky-purple blooms appear in June and July; they are pretty enough but should be trimmed early so the plant concentrates its goodness in the swelling bulb. Cut the flowers for your vase or leave just a few in your borders for dramatic effect.

Supplied as 4 planting cloves to produce 4 plants. Elephant garlic can be placed in the ground any time from September to February, avoiding times of frost or extreme cold. Grows to 1.5m (5ft) high by 30cm (12in) wide.

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Supplied as 4 planting cloves.

Grows to 1.5m (5ft) high by 30cm (12in) wide.
Harvest from June and dry before storing.
Performance subject to growing conditions.

Plant Care Information

Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow

Top Tips

  • An Elephant garlic bulb may grow several smaller bulblets around its main cloves; these can be separated and kept for next season’s planting.
  • Being a hardy perennial, cloves that haven’t yet divided can be left in the ground to mature next season or bulbs can be allowed to spread and multiply in clumps.

Care Information

How to grow Elephant garlic

  • Elephant garlic can be planted from September to February, avoiding very cold weather at the time of planting.
    Choose a sunny position. If your soil is heavy or prone to waterlogging, prepare the plot in advance by digging in plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost (avoid using fresh manure) to improve fertility and drainage.
  • Plant each clove flat side downwards, pointy end up, at twice the depth of their height, at intervals of 30cm (12in) to give them room to grow.
  • Firm the soil and keep watered through the growing season as necessary; do not allow the soil to dry out or become waterlogged.
  • Keep weed-free and protect from birds while the plants are young.
  • Reduce watering towards harvest time to avoid the bulbs getting over-wet, which may cause them to rot.
  • Harvest in June before the bulbs begin to split, and when the leaves begin to yellow and dry. Loosen the bulbs with a trowel and then lift out gently. Shake off the soil from the roots and leave to dry out in the sunshine, or hang in a warm, dry, airy position.
  • Bulbs will keep well for 3 months or more stored in a cool, dry and airy place.

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Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
150 cm
30 cm
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