Growing Garlic

Allium sativum : Amaryllidaceae / the onion family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
                P P    

(Best months for growing Garlic in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • P = Plant cloves

September: Garlic can overwinter. Cover with a good layer of mulch . In areas where frost persists into March/ April, expect to harvest your garlic in June/July.

October: Garlic can overwinter. Cover with a good layer of mulch . In areas where frost persists into March/ April, expect to harvest your garlic in June/July.

  • Easy to grow. Plant cloves. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 10 - 12 cm apart
  • Harvest in 17-25 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Beets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Dill, Tomatoes, Parsnips
  • Avoid growing close to: Asparagus, Beans, Brassicas, Peas, Potatoes

Your comments and tips

16 Apr 23, Michelle (USA - Zone 9b climate)
It needs cold stratification. So it too late for yours in our zone. Next year put some in the frig in October, then plant late December or early January. Need to use Softneck garlic.
21 Mar 23, Anonymous (USA - Zone 9b climate)
It doesn't recommend growing in your climate zone.
12 Mar 23, Kay (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I live in Logan and would love to grow garlic but have had no success so if you can provide name of garlic and where to get the corms please Thanking you Kay
28 Mar 23, Elena (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Italian Pink is suitable for our climate
17 Mar 23, marco (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
google .organic shop vegetables. you can pick up 3 organic hard neck for about 10 dollars ... australian red for gold coast or logan ...soak in water , i use worm compost water for 1 night before planting ..
15 Mar 23, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Buy from a nursery Bunnings Boondie Seeds or on the internet. Plant soon late April to June.
07 Mar 23, Emma (Australia - tropical climate)
Good afternoon, I am trying to find a supplier for SOFT NECK GARLIC to plant in a home garden not commercial, I live in Far North QLD in the Tablelands (Dambulla). Would like some information as to time to plant or any other types of GARLIC that would grow well here. Thanking you in advance!
10 Mar 23, Rod (Australia - temperate climate)
Emma, try Tasmanian gourmet garlic. They sell to people up here like us. If you're in Danbullah you are probably subtropical or temperate (like us at Lake Eacham). They have some great information on their website as well. Start of May is the time to plant, depending on how wet it is.
21 Mar 23, Emma Vela (Australia - tropical climate)
Thank you ROD from Lake Eacham for your information, cheers.
05 Mar 23, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
The temperature in the freestate goes down to minus 10 ⁰c and 39 ⁰c in summer. Can i plant garlic to grow during the winter here?
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I planted Australian Purple Garlic. Think it's the wrong variety. Grew ok..I think? But has been fairly static for a while. Confusing reading on garlic. Some say plant march and harvest in September.7 months. Most others say it's a 9 month crop. Any advice please. Tia John.

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