Re: [gardeners] garlic in Texas

Barbara J. Davis (
Wed, 30 Sep 1998 06:16:39 -0500


I've been raising a red garlic for years.  It is probably the Mexican 
Pink that Allen mentioned because I started raising it in south Texas 
from grocery store garlic.  I took it to east-central Oregon and 
raised it there, too.  But, I don't know if it is "hard neck".  My 
daughter raises fantastic garlic in a raised bed (over Texas clay) but 
I think she bought the seed garlic from a catalog source and it is 
pure white, like I used to buy when I lived in California.

Barbara Davis       zone 7/8       southwest of Fort Worth, TX

> 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. 

That's what I'd do, too.  Give it a try.  If successful, you'll have what 
you like.                  Barbara

> 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