Inchelium Red Garlic Bulbs

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About Inchelium Red Softneck Garlic:

Inchelium Red Softneck Garlic is a flavor-packed variety that hails from Inchelium, Washington, on the Colville Indian Reservation. This large, beautiful garlic cultivar is a true standout with its robust flavor and medium pungency. It has been recognized as the “Very Best of the Softnecks” and won a national taste test of 20 garlic strains. With its mild, lasting flavor and a hint of heat, it is a versatile choice for various culinary applications.

The bulbs of Inchelium Red are substantial, measuring over 3 inches in diameter, and produce 8-20 cloves of good size. The dense cloves store exceptionally well and can even develop a stronger flavor over time. This softneck variety is known for its ease of growing and can be used for braiding, making it a charming addition to your garden.

Not only is Inchelium Red garlic a culinary delight, but it is also an excellent source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, iron, and manganese. Its versatility shines through in both raw and cooked applications. Crush, chop, press, or puree it for a sharp, assertive flavor, or roast it to enhance its sweetness. Inchelium Red garlic pairs well with cheese, cream, olive oil, seafood, grilled meats, poultry, eggs, tomatoes, potatoes, spinach, and fresh herbs.

How to Grow Inchelium Red Garlic

Inchelium Red garlic thrives in full sun and well-drained, loose, organic soil. It matures in mid-season, and the large, white, and purple-blotched bulbs are layered with 8-20 creamy cloves. With a storage life of up to 10 months, this garlic variety is perfect for those who want to enjoy its robust flavor year-round.

To ensure the best growth and flavor development, Inchelium Red Softneck Garlic thrives in full sun exposure. When planting this variety, choose a well-drained, loose, organic soil that provides optimal growing conditions. Plant the cloves at a depth of 1-2 inches, with a recommended spacing of 4-6 inches apart. This spacing allows the plants to develop and spread comfortably, promoting healthy growth.

Inchelium Red Softneck Garlic bulbs typically take around 290 days to mature, rewarding your patience with exceptional flavor and quality. During this time, it’s important to provide consistent care, including watering and weeding as needed. As the leaves turn yellow-brown and begin to fall over, it’s a sign that the bulbs are ready for harvest.

Rediscover the taste of this heirloom variety listed on Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste and enjoy its rich history. Inchelium Red garlic, the oldest strain of garlic grown in North America, is now available for you to grow and savor.

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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Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color White
Fruit Size Large
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Years to Bear 1
Zone Range 4 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
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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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