Hardneck garlics are characterised by a stiff stem starting in the bulb, with fewer, larger cloves. They do not respond as well as softneck garlic to changing weather. Rocambole garlic is a hardneck variety, forming a flower stalk (all other garlics are neutered). This flower stalk should be removed to ensure all energy goes to the development of the bulb. The flower stalk is edible and is superb in stir-fries and pickles. The cloves tend to have a thick skin, which is easily removed.
Harneck varieties include: Bella Italiano, Chesnok Wight, Lautrec Wight and Spanish Rocambole. Typically hardneck varieties are planting in autumn for harvest in June or July. Lautrec Wight is suitable for planting until early spring.