Marbled Purple Stripe
Allium Sativum Ophioscorodon
Like any well trained Siberian host, you'll be met at the door and invited in out of the cold. "Have some tea!" your Siberian intones, but protocol demands that you decline the first offer, despite every sinew and fiber screaming to partake. Your body knows... Siberians are strong, trustworthy and well rounded characters. Hot but in a friendly sort of way, with lingering warmth and flavors.
Siberian - Seed Garlic & Umbels
Cloves: Averages 6-8 cloves per bulb. Cloves well differentiated so they pop easily and produce very few double cloves.
Bulbils: This is a new cultivar for us and so we don't have statistics from personal experience yet, but it's safe to assume they produce umbels and bulbils in keeping with others in the Marbled Purple Stripe category.
Growing: Reports have it that Siberian produces well in a wider range of climates than other Marbled Purple Stripes, doing well in hotter, more southerly locales as well as the typically cold Canadian north. Scape removal before stiffening does help to increase bulb size.
Harvest: Mid to late season 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: Came to us from a local garlic grower in Lavington. Originally found its way south from Alaska where it was obtained by fishermen who apparently traveled the seas with green leafy vegetables in stow and decided to trade some for garlic when they reached eastern Siberia. So, this one should hold up to the harshest of Canadian winters, though it oddly does well in warmer weather too.