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How to Grow Garlic from Cloves

Updated on November 7, 2013

There are several types of culinary herbs anyone can grow and maintain at home. Garlic is one of the greatest types you would ever find but how to grow garlic from cloves seem to be a great obstacle for many people. The intensive care and maintenance that the planting of garlic from cloves requires could be a great challenge no doubt but on a closer look, it would be easily observed that the common garlic is quite hardy and could be maintained easily when once you get the hang of it. So if you have plans to plant this herb for the very first time, you don’t have to get worried at all. There are some simple and basic gardening tips which would help you a lot along this path to succeed in harvesting nice looking garlic bulbs at the end of the season.

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A planting method for garlic is to grow them from seeds but for some reasons most farmers love to have them grown from clove. The option of growing garlic from cloves allows gardeners to avoid the steps of seed germination and replanting which are necessary if the herb is to be planted from seeds. In other words, it becomes possible to shorten the time required for the planting and harvesting of this herb when planted from cloves. There are various reasons you should consider planting this herb at home too if you haven’t already.

One of the advantages that may make anyone consider growing garlic at home is that it can survive in different types of growing conditions. This herb can survive indoors as potted plants on window sills or they can even be planted with other types of vegetables or other flowering plants. With a wide range of options for you to choose from for growing your garlic at home, the experience can be a good one for you contrary to what you have been led to believe. Learning how to grow garlic from cloves is a simple process, there are some few points you will do well to take note of if you intend to grow your garlic from clover.

Your Choice of Planting Materials and Site for Planting

The type of cloves you plant would determine to a large extent the kind of bulbs you would be able to harvest at the end of the day. You need to buy healthy garlic bulbs only before separating the individual cloves for planting. One garlic clove is capable of developing as an individual plant and when matured, it will produce a bulb. The area size of the chosen spot for planting would determine the number of garlic cloves you would need and the number they can be separated into.

Soil Requirements and Care for Garlic after Planting

Ample supply of sunlight is one of the requirements for good growth of your garlic in your garden. Even if you do not have the slightest idea on how to grow garlic from cloves, you need to know that good soil for proper growth of any plant is necessary. Your soil for planting this herb is better prepared in autumn although you can also have spring plantation in warmer climates.

Watering of your garlic plants is equally important but this should be done in moderation especially as soon as you realize that green shoots are beginning to develop. You may also add fertilizer and add mulching or hay to boost your garlic harvest.


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      dannycarrey 5 years ago

      Thank you for your comments

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      This sounds like something I might have to consider. Garlic is a staple in my kitchen. My hands smell of it at this moment as I have just put a pork roast in the slow cooker and of course garlic is in the mix. Thanks for sharing. ps