|Unknown red hardneck garlic variety. All 8 cloves, and 2 out of 3 tiny bulbettes have sprouted.|
4 garlic varieties were planted. Rossa di Sulmona is a pungent hardneck variety that I purchased online, my husband cooked some tomato sauce with leftover cloves and it was wonderfully sweet and spicy. Viola Francese is a softneck type that was also purchased online. There's an unknown red hardneck variety that was purchased at a grocery store in March which I remember to be exceptionally tasty, and the cloves being fairly old had just begun to sprout. And lastly there's an unknown white softneck variety that was purchased recently at the same grocery store, surprisingly the cloves looked like they might have started forming roots before being planted.
The garlic was planted about 2 inches deep and maybe 4-5 inches apart. The styrofoam containers are actually shipping containers that would normally get thrown away, so they are thicker and bigger than most styrofoam coolers. It's been raining the last 3 days so the boxes have been hanging out under cover. As an experiment I removed the papery skins off the cloves of the unknown varieties before planting.
And today it looks like all 4 garlic varieties have a few cloves sprouting out of the soil.