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#1 of 13 Old 05-27-2008, 12:23 PM - Thread Starter
 
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DH handed me a sprouted clove of garlic last night and asked if I could plant it to grow garlic. I am a complete novice to gardening, especially food! LOL I left it on the counter overnight. What do I do with it now?

We are either in zone 10b or 11, San Diego, sandy soil that I have been adding more and more organic matter to for several years. For now, I'd rather grow food in containers and flowers in the planting beds.

Will garlic grow in a pot of some kind in full sun??? Or, I have full shade in the front of the house...

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I don't know if you can get more bulbs out of it but I plant my sprouted cloves in the border of my garden as pest control. The shoots look like green onions but smell like garlic which repels a lot of pests.

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Garlic likes full sun and you can grow them from store bought cloves. You would normally plant the bulbs in fall, so I don't know if you will get more out of it this year, but you might next year.

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OK, your zone/location is a total mystery to me as I have only ever lived on the east coast. A rule for planting garlic around here is to plant it when you would plant your tulips. But I think I read somewhere that softneck garlic can/should? be planted in the spring.
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Thanks so much! I have new questions...

If I were plant it now in a pot and place it in full sun, what would happen next? How often do I water it? Will it just grow as a plant and may or may not produce more garlic? How will I know? Garlic grows underground, right? What size pot should I use? What type of soil?

I consider this an experiment, so I am not too concerned about it. I would like to have a successful outcome, though! Any tips are greatly appreciated.

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I'd pot it and add some compost if you have any and keep the soil moist. When the leaves start to brown, stop watering and when the leaf part falls over dig it up, tie them together and let them dry out. Good luck!

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DH has tried in the past, but it did not yield any garlic. He thinks that maybe it was because the garlic clove he planted came from the grocery store, so who knows how long it had been sitting there.

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Thank you!!!

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I'd say it is too late to plant garlic, even with your long growing season. But you could go ahead and plant it and use the leaves it produces like chives. They will have a slight garlic taste to them and are great on baked potatoes with some butter.
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I stuck some in our SFG and they took forever to do anything, but a couple are growing well now I have no idea what's going on under the soil but figured it would be fun to see

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I planted some sprouting cloves about 2 weeks ago indoors, very sunny position and its grown about 10 inch leaves and the roots are starting to show in the bottom of the 8" deep pot already-- I'm wondering how deep a pot it will need to go in? (I've planted some lentils and mung beans too as I find it weird not having any idea what these plants I eat so often actually look like growing!)

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It shopuld grow, though you likely won't get a new garlic bulb out of it this year.
You can throw it in the ground, but don't dig it up until next spring. Keep it well watered while it is actively producing green growth, but taper off in the fall so it can go dormant.
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