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How to Plant a Sprouted Garlic Bulb in a Container

21 January 2014 5 Comments

garlic sproutGarlic is probably one of my favorite things that I grow in my container garden. I LOVE garlic, and love all of its healthy benefits. People would be amazed at how very simple it is to grow your own garlic at home. You can even give yourself a head start and plant a sprouted garlic bulb in a container, instead of planting seeds. Sprouted garlic bulb? Yup. You know those heads of garlic that you forget about, and by the time you find them, some of the bulbs are forcing out little green sprouts? Each one of those little sprouting bulbs can be planted, and each will grow into a new head of garlic.

So how do grow garlic in a container? Easy peasy! Just fill the container of your choice (at least 8 inches deep) with some moist potting soil mixed with gardening sand (3 parts soil to 1 part sand). Take your sprouted garlic bulb (skin removed) and push it down into the soil about 4 inches deep. Yes, the sprout will be completely submerged. Don’t worry…it will find its way to the surface. :)

Keep the container in full sun at least 8 hours per day, and keep the soil moist but not wet. If you keep the soil too wet, you’ll end up with moldy, rotten garlic.

The only other thing you need is patience. Garlic takes about 8 to 10 months to fully develop. But when it’s ready, you’ll be amazed at the depth of flavor versus the garlic you purchase from your grocer. :)

Originally posted 2010-05-10 23:00:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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  • Julie said:

    I haven’t grown garlic in containers yet. We’ve got it all around the garden. It is helpful in repelling slugs and snails. I appreciate your tips and will put them to work. Thanks.
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  • geoff chapman said:

    thanks for the advice on growing garlic from cloves. How does one know when the new bulb is fully ripe for harvesting and are there any specific tips on drying and storing the bulbs?


  • Nancy said:

    Thanks for the tips! Does it matter if I plant it and keep it indoors all the time or does it need some time outdoors?
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  • April said:

    Great tips for growing garlic, I’ve never tried to grow it in containers always planted in raised bed.

    I usually dry garlic outdoor one week


  • Seni said:

    I have a head of garlic that has green sprouts (a healthy green color and they are rather large), but the cloves themselves seem to be rotting. Is this alright to use or should I just dispose of the garlic head?
    Thanks in advance!


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