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When to plant garlic

Jacksonville, AR(Zone 7b)

Could some kind soul tell me when to plant garlic cloves in zone 7. I've always wanted to try but not sure when to plant, how long till harvest. does it come back like a true perennial? Any help appreciated.

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

I'm in your zone and plant after Thanksgiving or first frost. The bulbs settle in underground and begin root growth but stay dormant enough to not initiate leaf growth and then get hit by a hard freeze.

Jacksonville, AR(Zone 7b)

Thank you MaypopLaurel. I see now, the top growth holds off until the next spring
so no top growth to freeze. I;m going to try in late fall, would love to grow my
own garlic as it has many medicinal uses, just plain good for you. Hope I can
find some cinnamon mouthwash, :-)

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

Really just plain good no matter what the use. To answer 'will they come back question?'..yes but each clove is capable of being another bulb so best to harvest what you can and re-plant.. I can harvest a bed and still have stragglers.

Jacksonville, AR(Zone 7b)

Maypop, So after I harvest my 1st crop and save back some cloves, don't plant then wait till cold weathers 1st freeze to re-plant? Hope I've got it right.Then its just
a matter of repeating the process each yr.
Thanks for your help.


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Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

Wait until soil temperature is fifty degrees at planting depth. The cloves will begin root growth at that temperature but leaf growth will be retarded. Plant before freeze so cloves establish and are ready for rapid growth come spring.

When harvesting and storing in summer, dry-store whole bulbs. Do not break into cloves and do not refrigerate. Refrigerating creates false dormancy and triggers rapid growth when cloves are planted. Select largest cloves from each bulb for best vigor.

Are you planting anything exotic?

Jacksonville, AR(Zone 7b)

Maypop thanks for this info. Wish I had a root cellar to dry store my bulbs.
Wish I could remember what my mom and dad used for onion storage.
I'm just now learning not to keep my tomatoes in the fridge when I buy em.
I do grow a few exotics, just not in the ground, I greenhouse grow. Right'
now, all my plants are out under the shade trees
I have nite blooming cactus, Clitoria blue pea vine which did not do well
this summer. I have a few Plumerias, hard to get these to bloom (for me anyway)
One of my morning glory's and a Calliandra, pink powder puff.
A few others, especially my favorites, Angel wing Begonias.

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Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

Very nice. I also greenhouse plants though my collection is restricted to orchids. I've got Clitoris vine at Maypop as a native. It's more a subtle lavender than yours. Is yours a hybrid variety?

I've grown garlic from Russia, Poland, Italy and Germany as well as the more common grocery store Chinese. I was wondering if you are growing hard or soft neck and what variety?

Jacksonville, AR(Zone 7b)

Laurel, I;m not sure re my Clitoria vine. I thought my color was an original
but perhaps it is a hybrid.
I haven;t grown any garlic yet, just been wanting to for a long time. So this'will be
my 1st growing season. I;m looking forward to it. :-)

Sevierville, TN(Zone 7a)

I grow German White down here in Sevierville Tn. I plant in Nov and since we get very little frost plants do sprout a bit over winter. Use a well drained area that gets wet when it rains and can water with soaker hoses. Plan about inch below surface, 2" apart and I use 6" rows, mulch with about 6" (straw, hay (both will usually reseed and take nutrients away from plants) dried grass hasn't given me much problems. Late spring you will see the SNAPES (flower stem) remove all so the plant puts all energy into the bulb--taste good stir-fried. I harvest after tops dry up and dry them on an old fold up cot. I store them in an insulated closet I built in the carport.

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Jacksonville, AR(Zone 7b)

Thanks bigdaddie I was wondering about the planting depth. I'll be sure to remove the flower stalks. I have a feed/seed store in Little Rock that should carry different kinds of garlic, I'll check with them. I just found Baccto potting soil and Baccto Professional Potting Mix at their store.
Where did you find your German white bulbs?

Sevierville, TN(Zone 7a)

My Brother-in-law in NE Pa grows fields of them and brought me 50 the first year. (pic is part of his crop setup on scaffold to dry) i planted them and got 220 for seed and the rest went to family down here. Planted 220, harvested 200 plants--due to my wife's cancer problems/ passing, I didn't cut the scapes and harvested late, lost some to rot and most were small (cloves the size of a nickle and quarter). Gave most of the big bulbs to my daughter and neighbor -they cook with garlic all the time. I use garlic powder (easier). I do have about 350 cloves for this fall
I don't use special soil. Have a clay based soil here and just dug a trench 3 years ago with a troy tiller and I till in Llama and Pygmy goat manure and last years hay mulch. That is the extent of my fertilization. Surprising is the rotten ones I threw in the compost pile have started to grow, may transplant them also. I would put 5 rows in so you can reach any weeds and cut the scapes, plants usually get 2+ft high before the start to bend over.

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Jacksonville, AR(Zone 7b)

Bigdaddie I will be starting on a an extra small level since this will be an experiment'for me. If I do well, I can always increase the amount of garlic I grow.
Sorry about your wife. So sad when we lose our partners.
My soil/potting mix is for my tropicals, I greenhouse grow. I have a stand of what looks like chives that come up every yr in the same spot, so might plant my garlic in that area.
Your imput is very much appreciated and that of Maylaurels too. :-)

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

My condolences, Bigdaddie. I also grow German White. You do have a terrific set up. Love the bed frame drying rack.

Patootie, garlic is undemanding. You do need to research whether hardneck or softneck is best for your area. I can grow both. If you're looking for varietals, LoganBerry Farm has an online store with four available. https://squareup.com/market/loganberry-heritage-farm They are in my area and I've done business with them. I've grown their Chesnok and Siberian Red. Varietals are expensive but one head of a couple varieties will get you going on a garlic patch. I mark my rows with a stone and use a paint marker (not the same as "permanent" marker) to identify the variety.

Jacksonville, AR(Zone 7b)

Maypop I'll do my research probably calling the Agri extension office.
I would welcome their recommendation. I'll check out the link you sent too.
Thank you

Sevierville, TN(Zone 7a)

Spent the day planting my garlic for next summer. Didn't get many edible bulbs this year due to special circumstances. Did however get cloves for next year. Put in 560 cloves, mulched and put fence up as I let the llama and pygmy billy eat the grass in the garden over the winter. Used the 6"x6" spacing--10 rows -28' long, topped of with a scattering of llama and goat manure across it all, used grass for mulch. Looking forward to a good harvest.

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Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

You almost plant enough to meet my needs. :) I go through 6-10 heads a month. Garlic & chocolate; my two favorite flavors. And lucky you with an on site fertilizer factories!

Jacksonville, AR(Zone 7b)

I have 6 or 7 garlic plants up. I thought the 15 inches of rain during Feb would do them in but so far they seem fine,.( a few yellow lvs).Just feeling my way here so will be very happy if I manage to harvest a few bulbs.

Sevierville, TN(Zone 7a)

Glad that you have a crop coming up--Pics are my main bed planted last fall and the little bed was planted in Feb (warm day)-leftover small ones I had found in a box.

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Jacksonville, AR(Zone 7b)

Your garlic beds look great bigdaddie. I will be happy if I get a few bulbs to
enjoy.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Chuckl, bulb onions and garlic (and Chayote squash) that rotten bulb is the kernal being fed to propagate the new plant. How the rotten bulb protects/feeds the new plant...

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