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About Chesnok Red Garlic

Chesnok Red Garlic, also known as ‘Shvelisi’ due to its origin near Shvelisi, Republic of Georgia, is a magnificent hardneck purple stripe garlic. This heirloom cultivar boasts vibrant purple streaks and blotches on its bulbs, making it one of the most visually appealing garlic varieties available. Each bulb contains a generous yield of 9-10 cloves with purple-striped skins that are easy to peel.

Renowned for its robust flavor and buttery texture, Chesnok Red Garlic is a versatile culinary delight. It holds its shape exceptionally well during cooking, making it ideal for baking and roasting. Whether you’re crafting savory dishes or experimenting with delightful garlic-infused creations, this garlic variety will elevate your culinary endeavors. Stores moderately well, around 4-6 months if handled properly after harvest.

How to Grow Chesnok Red Garlic

Chesnok Red Garlic is relatively easy to grow, making it suitable for both seasoned gardeners and novices alike. This garlic variety thrives in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8 and requires full sun exposure to flourish. Plant the cloves in well-drained soil at a depth of 1-2 inches, ensuring a plant spread of 4 inches. The garlic bulbs will mature in approximately 290 days, rewarding your patience with exceptional flavor and quality.

Not only is Chesnok Red Garlic known for its taste, but it is also highly cold hardy, making it an excellent choice for regions with harsh winters. After harvest, when handled properly, this garlic variety can be stored for an impressive 4 to 6 months, allowing you to enjoy its distinct flavor throughout the year.

Bring a touch of culinary excellence to your garden with Chesnok Red Garlic. Its exceptional flavor, delightful aroma, and stunning visual appeal make it a favorite among chefs, gardeners, and garlic enthusiasts. Don’t miss the opportunity to elevate your cooking and experience the exquisite qualities of Chesnok Red Garlic.

A half-pound set of garlic contains approximately 3-4 bulbs. Each bulb contains several cloves for planting. The actual quantity may vary depending on bulb size.

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Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Large
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Moist
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Years to Bear 1
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


Pollination is not required for this variety.

This variety does not require pollination to produce a harvestable crop.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow garlic bulbs in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.


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