The Porcelain garlic family is one of the most popular groups grown in Canada. This is especially the case in eastern Canada and much of the colder parts of the prairie provinces. Porcelain's popularity is a testament to its ability to consistently thrive in cold climates and produce exceptionally large sized bulbs with great flavour. Their vigorous growth explodes out of the ground in spring and produces large plants with thick wide spreading leaves.
Bulbs generally produce 4 to 6 very large, plump cloves that are moderately easy to peel. They have an extremely large scape that can grow up to 6 feet high in some climates. The umbel capsules contain hundreds of tiny bulbils. Growing garlic from these tiny bulbils is very difficult due to their size, however it is still possible to size them up over a period of 3 to 5 years.
If maximum bulb size is the goal, scape removal is extremely important. Porcelain garlics are the most affected by leaving the scapes untrimmed. As well, sufficient moisture throughout the growing season and leading up to harvest is very important for maximizing bulb size. The bulbs store for about 6 months, with diminishing flavour complexity as they age.
With their large size, cold hardiness and good flavour, Porcelain garlics are consistently a top favorite.
PORCELAIN GARLIC VARIETIES AVAILABLE: