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Allium 'Wight Cristo'

garlic 'Wight Cristo'

A highly aromatic, perennial bulb, divided into a number of bulblets, or cloves, with stiff, narrow, greyish-green foliage. This is a soft-necked cultivar, which produces a large number of cloves, rarely flowers and stores well, but may need winter protection in cold areas. It is reliable and easy to grow, producing large bulbs with pink-flushed, white skin

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
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer Green Grey Silver
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Amaryllidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Tufted
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

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Buy bulbs for growing - bulbs for eating may carry plant diseases or be unsuited to the UK climate. Grow in well-drained, fertile soil in a sunny position, planting individual cloves in late autumn/early winter, or in early spring. Keep plants well weeded and water in dry spells until the bulbs are well formed. Harvest in summer once the foliage withers. See Garlic (Grow your own)

Propagation

Propagate by separating a mature bulb into individual cloves

Suggested planting locations and garden types
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to leek rust and onion white rot

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