Kostyn's Red Russian
Umbels, cloves, and bulbs


Rocky Red

Marbled Purple Stripe
Allium Sativum Ophioscorodon

Personality profile: This cultivar will rock your socks off. But not until you have marveled at its beautiful deep red wrappers.

Cloves: Averages 6 large cloves that are fairly consistent in size (take a look at the cross section in our photo above). The bulb pops easily and there are very few double cloves, which is a great boon to commercial growers.

Bulbils: 40-60 medium sized bulbils per umbel (and another 30-60 smaller ones) which grow into large rounds the first year and good sized, fully cloved bulbs the second year. Three years to full maturity.

Harvest: Mid-season harvest. Let those bulbs reach their maximum size by waiting until a good 50% of the leaves are brown. The wrappers on Marbled Purple Stripes (which are an extension of the leaves above) are so thick and strong that you don't need as many to be intact at harvest.

Storage: Good mid to long-term storing garlic. If you plan to use as seed garlic, we recommend gently tearing the wrapper around the stem to allow air down in to the cloves, otherwise the thick wrappers can hold moisture and promote mold. Expect 6-8 months if stored properly.

Pedigree: Rocky Red comes to us from Skye Farm in Grindrod, BC who obtained from friends in the area.