Garlic Cristo (White)
Garlic Cristo (White)

Garlic 'Cristo' (White)

Superbly aromatic with an intense yet subtle flavour
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Grows To
15 cm
60 cm
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RHS Garden Merit
RHS Garden Merit
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Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow

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  • Award-winning, reliable variety for deliciously plump, large white bulbs.
  • Strong but subtle taste and elegant aroma – great used raw or for cooking.
  • Easy to grow and fully hardy – plant directly into the soil, or raised beds or containers.
  • Softneck type garlic which matures early and keeps well after harvesting.
  • Supplied as 2 bulbs to split into approximately 12 cloves ready for planting.
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‘Cristo’ is a softneck type garlic that has an intense but subtle flavour and elegant aroma – perfect for a wide variety of savoury dishes whether used raw in salad dressings or for cooking. Originating in France, this variety is well suited to the UK climate, producing large bulbs with papery white skins, with about 12 or more plump white cloves in each.

Unlike hardneck types, softneck garlic doesn’t produce flower stems but will mature sooner and usually has a milder, although interesting flavour. Softneck garlic also has better storage properties – up to 3 months or more in good condition after harvesting. The garlic that is most commonly sold in supermarkets is softneck – but don’t be tempted to propagate shop-bought garlic as it will be more prone to disease and crop far less efficiently than plants grown from these superior horticultural quality bulbs.

A worthy recipient of the RHS Award of Garden Merit, ‘Cristo’ is easy to grow and a reliable cropper – ideal for gardeners of any experience. Traditionally, garlic is planted on the shortest day of the year (21-22 December) and harvested on the longest (20-22 June), although it can be planted in the autumn or spring. Autumn plantings will produce earlier crops and although winter hardy, may benefit from protection from the cold – or can be grown in a greenhouse or tunnel. If planting in the spring, just wait until the frosts have gone before placing the cloves in the ground. ‘Cristo’ will thrive in a sunny spot in most well-draining soils. If your soil is heavy, prepare the plot in advance by digging in some well-rotted manure or garden compost (avoid using fresh manure) and also some sand or grit, to improve fertility and drainage. Alternatively, grow in good quality compost in raised beds, trugs or containers. Garlic doesn’t take up much room, making it an ideal choice for small-space gardening. It is a good companion plant for roses and other plants or vegetables that are vulnerable to greenfly as its aroma will help to repel those little beasts!

Supplied as 2 bulbs ready to split into approximately 12 cloves for planting. Grows up to 60cm (24in) height by 15cm (6in) spread.

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Item 360007 supplied as:

Supplied as 2 bulbs ready for planting.

Grows to 60cm height and 15cm spread.
Harvest from May to July.
Performance subject to growing conditions.

Top Tips

  • Garlic doesn’t like to be too wet, so if your soil is heavy or prone to waterlogging, try planting in raised beds or large pots using good-quality compost.
  • Plant next year’s garlic in a different spot as crop rotation will minimise the risk of disease.

Care Information

How to grow ‘Cristo’ garlic

  • ‘Cristo’ can be planted in the autumn for early crops, or from March to April, once the frosts have gone.
  • Choose a sunny position in the garden that hasn’t been used to grow onions, garlic or leeks before.
  • If your soil is heavy, or prone to waterlogging, prepare the plot in advance by digging in plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost (avoid using fresh manure) to improve fertility and drainage. Or grow in good-quality compost in raised beds, trugs or containers of at least 20cm (8in) diameter and depth.
  • Divide each bulb into individual cloves – one bulb will typically split into approximately 12 cloves for planting.
  • Plant each clove with flat end downwards, pointy end up, about 3cm (1½in) deep so that the tip is showing, at intervals of at least 15cm (6in) and leaving 45cm (18in) between each row.
  • Firm the soil and keep watered through the growing season as necessary; do not allow the soil to dry out or become waterlogged.
  • Keep weed-free and protect from birds while the plants are young.
  • Reduce watering towards harvest time to avoid the bulbs getting over-wet, which may cause them to rot.
  • Harvest autumn-planted bulbs from May, or spring-planted bulbs from June onwards, when the leaves begin to turn yellow and dry.
  • Loosen the bulbs with a trowel and then lift out gently. Shake off the soil from the roots and leave to dry out in the sunshine, or hang in a warm, dry, airy position.
  • Bulbs will keep well for 3 months or more stored in a cool, dry and airy place.

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15 cm
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