Planting Garlic: Casablanca


Casablanca, Garlic / Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Garlic Casablanca is probably the variety you’re going to see on the shelves at your local garden centre. Garlic is a great staple to keep in the fridge.  Whether you buy garlic in the shops or grow it yourself, garlic seems to last forever.

Much like the shallots, I’ve chosen a spot that has not been used to plant onions or leeks before and hasn’t been manured for at least two years. I thought this was a great opportunity to demonstrate inter-cropping by planting the garlic Casablanca bulbs in between the two shallot varieties I planted earlier.

Inter-cropping is a great thing to do if you can do it. It makes use of the ground more efficiently and you keep down the mite and pest population among you garlic Casablanca plot.

Garlic Casablanca origins

The word Casablanca drums up images of warm sandy beaches and glorious Moroccan sunshine – but garlic Casablanca is a hardneck variety that originates from Eastern Europe and is meant to be quite resilient in cold conditions – making it perfect for the UK. I’ve done a search online to see if I could find more information on garlic Casablanca – with little avail!

Garlic Casablanca

Following the instructions on the packet I buried the garlic 2cm into the ground but unlike the shallots, I was sure to bury the tops of the garlic Casablanca with soil. The rows of three bulbs were placed 25cm apart.

This variety is said to give off a lovely strong flavour and is able to store well for long periods.  We tend to use garlic in everything these days and a lot of people I know say that they can’t stand the stuff – the truth is, fresh garlic when used properly doesn’t taste of garlic that much, its the fake powdered garlic that can inflict a strong taste and subsequent bad breath.

9 Replies to “Planting Garlic: Casablanca”

  1. Thanks for the info! I picked up a few bulbs of Casablanca today but I can’t seem to find out if they soft or hardneck?

    Do you happen to know?

    1. Hi Bella! Thanks for commenting! They’re a hard neck variety. Something I might add, about a week after planting the bulbs, they got dug up by a mouse or a fox, meaning I had to replant them. You may wish to take precautions 🙂

  2. I planted a half row of garlic GERMIDOUR in early October this year. In 4 – 5 days they were all through, and now, 3 weeks later are 3 or 4 inches tall and looking healthy. At exactly the same time I also planted a half row of garlic Casablanca, 8-10 inches away from GERMIDOUR. To date there is no sign of them shooting. Could it take this long for them to shoot, or do mice much prefer Casablanca to GERMIDOUR?

    1. Hey! I remember Casablanca taking some time to sprout, but when I did them it was really cold so put that lack of germination down to the temperature. Sadly, I don’t think mice are fussy – just this weekend I noticed that a couple of cloves had been dug up… Must find a remedy for that… 🙂

      1. Thanks for your comment. Certainly there is no evidence of any of Casablanca being dug up. And if mice were the problem, why not try a few GERMIDOUR while they were at it? All 17 GERMIDOUR cloves planted came up and now 4-5 inches tall. Nearly 4 weeks now and not a sniff of even one shoot of Casablanca. Perhaps I was sold sterile bulbs. I think I’ll buy some more GERMIDOUR and replant. Not too late, is it?

        1. That’s a very good point – I will say, whenever I’ve seen them dig up anything, they usually do progressively – so I won’t be surprised if I visit the allotment this weekend and find the whole lot dug up! Have you tried digging a Casablanca bulb to see if they have rotted out? I don’t think it’s too late to plant Germidour, the weather is still quite mild… They’ll always germinate in the spring 🙂

          1. No, I haven’t dug up any Casablanca, because after 4 weeks in the soil 4 bulbs have finally shown. I don’t know if these will be the only 4, and it’ll be interesting to see if these catch up with GERMIDOUR . Certainly still no sign of mouse activity, and so I’ll keep watching and report back. It does seem odd, though, that there seems to be no info. on the packet, or online, that this variety can take this amount of time to show.

  3. Yeah, I’m amazed at how much of a lack of information there is online about Casablanca garlic – seeing as it’s the variety you’re most likely to get hold of. I’m glad that your bulb finally showed through! I wasn’t able to get to the allotment this weekend, so I’m very anxious at what I’m going to find this weekend!

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