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Allium 'Cristo'
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garlic 'Cristo'

Strongly flavoured French soft neck garlic with a mild aroma producing pure white skinned bulbs and pinkish cloves. It has good storage capability and can be planted in autumn or spring ready for harvest in summer

Synonyms
Allium 'Cristo'
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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1 year
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Neutral, Alkaline
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Amaryllidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Potentially harmful
Skin irritant/allergen. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Allium are bulbous herbaceous perennials with a strong onion or garlic scent, linear, strap-shaped or cylindrical basal leaves and star-shaped or bell-shaped flowers in an umbel on a leafless stem

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Although it can be planted in any soil, it prefers fertile well-drained soil and full sun, it won't respond so well in heavy soil. Each bulb has an average of 12 cloves that can be individually planted in autumn or spring 1 inch below the soil surface, 4 inches apart, with 18 inches between rows. Watering will only be necessary during very dry spells. Harvest from July when the leaves start yellowing. Can be stored for up to three months. See GYO advice profile on garlic for further information

Propagation

Propagate by dividing the bulb in cloves.

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to allium leaf miner and onion fly

Diseases

May be susceptible to onion white rot, and onion downy mildew

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