Early Italian Garlic

Item #134774, Bare-root.
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Great for braiding! This early-season, soft-necked variety has a smooth white paper over purple-tinted cloves. Mild flavor enhances soups, sides, and other home-cooked favorites. Fast-spreading growth habit. Stores well. Open pollinated. Harvest when lower leaves turn brown. Matures in 90-150 days.

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

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Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest 90-150 Days
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.2 - 7.5
Taste Mild
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1
Zone Range 3 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 9
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 compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 8 - 9" tall.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 4 - 6" apart to ensure room for growth.


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 onion plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Rebecca A on Sep 8, 2020
first time buying from you. Love garlic
john v on Apr 28, 2020
Rebecca A on Sep 8, 2020
Need garlic
lynne d on Aug 27, 2020
first time buying from you. Love garlic
john v on Apr 28, 2020
To try to grow something new.
Dominique T on Apr 26, 2020
I just wanted to try these.
Briana H on Mar 23, 2020
Want to try this type
Dean M on Mar 23, 2020
I think the word "early" attracted me as a NORTHERN gardener.
Suzanne M on Sep 3, 2017
Need garlic
lynne d on Aug 27, 2020
To try to grow something new.
Dominique T on Apr 26, 2020
How many plants will .5 lbs make?
Michael M on Oct 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You will get about 4 bulbs from .5 lb.
can I plant these in the fall and harvest in summer?
Nancy D on Aug 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: That is the ideal way to grow garlic.
I just received 4 bulbs of garlic, how and where do i plant them?
Trish on Jun 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Depending upon where you live, garlic should be planted very, very early in the spring, otherwise in the fall. If you plant it now, the bulbs will be small. What you can do is plant them, harvest them small, break them apart and replant them in the fall to harvest next spring/summer. Break the bulbs apart into separate cloves, and plant them root-side down, about 4-6" apart. Make the rows 1-1/2 to 2' apart. Cover the trench with 1-2" of fine soil or soil mixed with composted. If planting in the fall, do one more thing, and that is add a 6" layer of mulch to insulate your garlic over the winter. You will see sprouts in late fall; just let them freeze/die off. They will resprout in the spring.
If the ideal way to grow garlic is to plant it in the fall, why does Stark Bros. deliver garlic in winter? My delivery date says week of February 14.
LaRie P on Feb 13, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We are located in the Midwest and only ship bareroot or bulbs in the spring. Garlic can be planted in early spring or in the fall. If planted in early spring, it will usually come up in the fall and if planted in the fall, it will sprout in early spring.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Since it it now too late for fall planting, can this be planted in spring for fall harvesting?
D K on Jan 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We are taking orders for shipping the Early Italian Garlic for spring planting.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Are the ones I am going to receive sane as the picture? I mean green with stem and leaves?
Geev N on Jun 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The photo shows harvested garlic, after it's been grown and dug up. You will receive bulbs that you break apart into cloves, then you plant the individual cloves.

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Very fast growing
I planted one near each of my fruit trees to deter pests.

The rest i planted in my berry patch. These are growing remarkably fast. Even my husband is impressed!
April 10, 2019
over 2 years ago
Early Italian Garlic
I was not able to make grow long enough to produce garlic...could just be me..
May 19, 2016
over 6 years ago