Allium sativum var. sativum 'Germidour'
An edible, bulbous perennial grown as an annual. A softneck variety from France that is well known and reliable, producing large white bulbs with a mild but still rich flavour. Bulbs are ready to harvest 6-7 months after sowing
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Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height1 year
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
Colour & scent
- Full sun
West–facing or South–facing or East–facing
- Native to the UK
- Clump forming
- Potentially harmful
- Skin irritant/allergen. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
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
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How to grow
Garlic grows best in a sunny, sheltered spot with fertile, well-drained soil. If you have heavy soil try growing your garlic in a raised bed or container. To produce good quality bulbs garlic needs a period of cold, so it’s best planted in late autumn or early winter. Divide each bulb into individual cloves and space the cloves 15cm apart, with the tip 2.5cm below the soil surface. Space rows 30cm apart. Harvest from early summer once the leaves have turned yellow. Please see our grow your own advice page about garlic for further advice.
Propagate by dividing the bulb into cloves
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Patio and container plants
- Cottage and informal garden
No pruning required
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