Re: [gardeners] garlic in Texas

Victoria Okeef (
Tue, 29 Sep 1998 22:29:18 -0700 (PDT)

Hi, Allen.
 Thanks for the reply on my garlic dilemma. You can tell a "hard neck"
garlic if the stem coming out of the bulb is hard. The stuff one gets in
the grocery store has a soft, sort of pliable stem. Most of the hard neck
garlics have a rosey colored outside skin and usually have roja in
their names. So I wonder if the Mexican Pink could be a hard neck, and of
course, when I think of Creole cooking, I think of red peppers. 

 If I have to give up trying my roja cloves I've saved for planting in
Texas, where can I find the Mexican Pink or the Creole? Actually, I
thought I'd go ahead and give my rojas a try. If they don't make it this
year, I can start with one of your recommendations next year when I've
finally moved myself down there. 

 This probably sounds a bit confusing, but I have a friend living in mom's
house, looking after it, the dog and the cat, and trying to keep the
plants I haul down there alive. Once I get there permanently, I will live
in mom's house till my new house is build near Sisterdale. Meanwhile, I'll
be going down for a two-week visit on Saturday.

Thanks for the help.
Vicki in Seattle, where there's a decided nip in the air tonight and the
tomatoes will likely be hit with late blight by tomorrow morning.

On Tue, 29 Sep 1998, Allen and Judy Merten wrote:

> Hi Vicki,
>     I'm not familiar with "hard neck garlic", but we plant garlic in Sept.
> down here in Texas. The three varieties recommended for Texas are Mexican Pink
> or Creole for South Texas, Texas White for most other areas, and Calif. Early
> White for Central to Northern Texas.
>     The information that I have from the Texas Agricultural Extension Service
> says that the length of day light is what affects bulbing of garlic in Texas.
>     Allen
>     Bastrop Co.,Tx
>     Zone 8
> Victoria Okeef wrote:
> > Hi to all the Texans on the list.
> >  I have a question, but first a tiny explanation. Here in Seattle I grow a
> > roja, hard neck garlic. I'm kind of partial to the flavor and prefer them
> > over the soft neck garlics. My question is does anyone grow this down
> > there? Oops! A second question: when does one plant garlic in Texas?
> >
> >  Up here we plant it in late Sept. early Oct. I'm planting a crop this
> > week, but I've saved some to plant at my mom's place in Hondo. My notion
> > is that what I plant here will be ready to harvest about the time I'm
> > moving back to Texas next July. On the other hand and in case I can leave
> > before then, I thought I'd plant some at mom's so I would at least have
> > cloves to keep the whole thing going. So any advice would be more than
> > appreciated.
> >
> > Vicki O'Keef in Seattle
> >