I want to grow some garlic, but can I just use the elephant garlic I buy at
the store and just plant the cloves or do I have to do something different?
Never seen garlic plants or anything garlic at the garden centers. In zone
I never plant anything that I buy from the supermarket. You don't know
if or how it has been treated or if there are any diseases that wouldn't
affect consumption but would affect new growth.
Potatoes, for example, are treated to prevent sprouting. Also, there's
no indication if the spud carries any diseases as I noted above. The
same may or may not apply to other supermarket produce, but to be safe,
I use nothing but certified seeds/sets.
Garlic set can be bought quite cheaply. Garlic needs a long season to
mature as well. Even if I get mine in this week, I don't expect to get
very large bulbs by October. I plan to try overwintering my garlic for
Zone 5b in Canada's Far East.
It was your postings in this group that inspired me to putting our
first garlic planting last fall. Things look lovely so far this spring
here in northern NJ, and we are looking forward to our first harvest
The blueberry bushes suck this year and I lost a dogwood over the
I went to my local farmers market this morning and bought some elephant
cloves that had just started to put out roots. They are going in the garden.
The grower is local. I also got some standard garlic that is almost ready.
Check out local fresh suppliers of garlic.
It's good to share the infection.... most of my garlic plants are 6" high
now; I imagine yours are higher. Things are almost dried out enough to put
Mr. Troy-Bilt to work and put in sugar snap peas!
Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic
Zone 5/6 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
Jimmy, I bought my first Elephant Garlic from our local grocery store, and
planted all 3 cloves. That was about 9 years ago. Now I have about 125
elephant garlic plants coming up and they will be ready for this years
harvest. I still have about 18 heads of it to give to a friend of mine from
last years harvest, and another 6 for my use until I harvest this years
I plant it at the end of August or early Sept. The next June or July they
are ready to harvest. I plant only the largest cloves off of the heads and
use or give away the rest. As long as I maintain this schedule, I get a
perfect crop each summer. If I am late planting it, the next year a lot of
them wont mature and I have to stick them back into the ground until the
following year. They also form small nodules on the sides of some of the
heads. Don't let them fall back into the ground. If you do, they will come
up the next year and wont develop into cloves. You will have to replant them
for the second year to give them a chance to mature.
We're dry enough to till, but I grow most of my vegetables in pots up
on the deck. I keep some tomatoes and garlic and blueberries down in
the garden, but I use the deck for other things to keep them from
being eaten by groundhogs.