Earth Dharma Farm grows the following hardneck varieties particularly suited to the US northeast: Porcelains: Largest bulbs of all the varieties. Lighter pinkish or brownish white paper, 4-6 very large white cloves, easy to peel, very hot. Shorter storage period.
Rocamboles: Medium to large bulbs, darker russet and white paper, 8-10 smaller brown or red cloves, harder to peel, aromatic and hot but with more depth of flavor. Medium storage period.
Purple Stripes: The "ancestors and antecedents of all other garlic cultivars" (from the Complete Book of Garlic). Smaller bulbs, purple striped paper (no kidding), 8-10 smaller cloves, harder to peel, good depth of flavor. Long storage period.
We know how important it is for garlic growers to plant disease-free stock.
We have worked with University of Maine and Cornell University Cooperative Extension agents to select our garlic seed stock from growers who had not brought in new stock for a number of years, and whose crops had been inspected by extension agents and/or undergone garlic bloat nematode testing. We tested samples of all of the new seed stock before planting and grew it out in separate, quarantined fields. We have planted our own seed stock since 2012, which minimizes the risk of disease being brought in.
Each year, samples of all of our garlic varieties are tested for garlic bloat nematode (ditylenchus dipsaci) and examined for signs and symptoms of white rot (sclerotium cepivorum) and botrytis neck rot (botrytis porri) by the Maine Garlic Project / University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
All varieties tested negative for garlic bloat nematode and signs and symptoms of white rot and botrytis in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Download the 2015 letter HERE.
Whenever we trial new varieties we go through the same rigorous selection, testing and quarantine process. We also trial new varieties using bulbils in quarantined fields. Bulbils take longer to develop into seed stock, but are free from soil born diseases.
Although no testing program is a 100% guarantee of disease-free garlic, we believe our testing program and commitment to quality will give you extra peace of mind to help you grow the best, healthiest and most productive garlic possible.