What is it about Music Garlic that makes it the most popular seed garlic varieties to grow with our customers?
Hardneck – First of all, it's a hardneck garlic and hardnecks have more complex flavors than the softneck garlic that is usually found in grocery stores. Music is one of the hardnecks known as a porcelain garlic, and it is beautiful. New to garlic? Our blog has a quick intro to the kinds of garlic.
Easy to Grow – Music is a hardy garlic that likes cold weather. It can grow up to 3-4' tall. Its dark green leaves are stabilized by long roots.
Stores Well – After harvest, the music garlic bulbs store 3-6 months in good conditions (meaning dry, cool, and well-ventilated).
Large Cloves – The Music cloves are large and easy to peel.
Excellent Flavor – The flavors of Music are described as mildly to medium hot, with musky, rich taste.
High Allicin Levels – Music has a high content of allicin, which researchers say is a powerful antioxidant.
I grew Music garlic this past year and it was the best crop I have ever had. I’m saving the largest cloves as seed garlic for 2021-2022 although it is tempting to eat them. Easy to peel. Perfect.
David, if I am interpreting your comment, your Music garlic does not bulb up properly and that you are only getting a single clove in your bulb. If that is true, then maybe your growing conditions are not right for that variety. Hardneck garlic needs a good cold winter to properly bulb up. Also make sure you are fertilizing in the spring with either a balanced fertilizer or one that has more phosphorus in the mix.
My music produces numerous single clove specimens. What are they called, ‘rounds’? I’ve randomly selected for this and my harvest of these seems to be increasing. Is this random luck? Do I need to get more rigorous with my records? Or is my impression likely true?
I also select for 2, 3 or 4 clove bulbs and seem to have good luck.
Dan- music should be planted in the Fall to get a good cold treatment over the winter. If you plant it in the spring your garlic may not bulb up.
Do you have the Music variety garlic available to purchase for this spring planting?