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shortstuff430
Cypress, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 31, 2008
12:58 AM

Post #5488791

I saw a sprout on one of my garlic cloves and figured why not plant it? What have I got to loose? So I did and it is sprouting! I have it on my media tower right now, it doesn't get sun there bc I didn't know if it needed it in the whole sprouting process. It isn't particularly dark in that area during the day though. I have it in a peat pot and am keeping it watered - damp but not soaked. My question is should I put it in a sunny window? We're in Texas near Houston and our temps are still in the high 90s most days. I thought I read somewhere garlic prefers cooler temps so I planned on keeping indoors for a couple of months until it starts cooling down. Another question is, should I plant it in a pot or put it in the ground? How big will it get if I can manage to keep it alive? Should I give it a little fertilizer in about 6 weeks?

Ok, maybe thats a few more than 1 question! :)
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 31, 2008
1:04 AM

Post #5488811

If I may suggest, I would plant in ground. The roots don't like to be disturbed when they have started growing. My bed of garlic stays in ground year around. It will die down after blooming and will begin to sprout in October.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 31, 2008
1:30 AM

Post #5488899

There's a whole series of articles on growing garlic.
http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1029/
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 31, 2008
1:51 AM

Post #5488989

Yes and if you have a chance to pick up the Sept 08 issue of the Herb Companion, it is almost totally devoted to garlic.

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