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Growing garlic quick reference guide

Growing Garlic Guide

The growing garlic quick reference guide below is designed as a quick overview of growing garlic. For more details on the different stages from seed to harvest go to the related pages link.


Quick Reference Guide

Veggie Garden Dairy
Vegetable Garlic
Also Known As
Botanical Family - Alliaceae, Genus - Allium, Species - A. sativum
Plant Type Cool season - annual - root vegetable
Frost Tolerance Hardy
Planting Position Sunny position - Will do alright in partial shade, but you'll have to wait longer for a full crop. They require a minimum of 4-6 hours of direct sunlight daily.
Seed Viability 1 year
Germination 40-80 F (4-27 C)
Growing Temp 50-70 F (10-21 C)
Seed to Transplant Direct Plant Cloves
Planting Method Direct Plant Cloves
When to Plant Fall or Spring
Time to Plant Before the first hard freeze in fall - Early Spring planting is possible, but definitely a second choice
Seed Sowing Plant cloves
Plant Spacing Plant cloves - spaced 3-5 inches (7-12 cm) apart in rows 12-24 inches (30-60 cm) apart
Soil Conditions Well drained - Moderate to high organic matter - Medium fertility
Fertilizer Medium fertilizer needs, 3-4 quarts per 100 sq feet (3.3-4.4 liters per 9.3 square meters) preplanting of All-Purpose 5-5-5 Organic Fertilizer icon, same rate for each side dressing.
When to Fertilize 2 weeks before planting - in the spring when plants are 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) tall
Days to Harvest 90-150 days - depending on conditions and variety

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