If you leave garlic (Allium sativum) lying around in the\ncupboard or refrigerator too long, it will eventually sprout. Before you compost or throw out that sprouted\ngarlic, remember that it just might have another chance at life!\n\n\n\nSo, can you plant garlic that has sprouted? Yes,\nyou can plant garlic that has sprouted. \nIn fact, planting garlic cloves is the only way to get garlic, since\nthey do not produce flowers or seeds! With\nproper care after planting, sprouted garlic cloves will bulb and grow into more\ngarlic. Usually, garlic cloves are\nplanted in fall, but you can also plant them in spring to get smaller cloves.\n\n\n\nOf course, there are some steps you need to take before you\nsimply plant your sprouted garlic clove in the ground. Let\u2019s talk about planting sprouted garlic and\nwhat you need to do to prepare your garden for this crop.\n\n\n\nCan You Plant Garlic That Has Sprouted?\n\n\n\nYes, you can plant garlic that has sprouted. In fact, planting garlic cloves is the only\nway to grow more garlic, since garlic does not produce true seeds or flowers!\n\n\n\nYou can plant sprouted garlic to get new bulbs the next year.Image from: https:\/\/commons.wikimedia.org\/wiki\/File:Garlic_with_Horns.jpg\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this article on garlic from the University of New Hampshire Extension.\n\n\n\nHowever, you do need to do some planning to decide when to plant your garlic. According to the University of Georgia Extension, garlic needs 6 to 8 weeks of cool weather below 40 Fahrenheit (4.4 degrees Celsius) in order to go through vernalization, which causes bulbing.\n\n\n\nBesides cool weather, what else does garlic need to grow\nsuccessfully? Let\u2019s dive into how to\nplant your sprouted garlic.\n\n\n\nHow to Plant Sprouted Garlic\n\n\n\nThere are some steps you can take before and after planting\nyour sprouted garlic bulbs to give them a better chance of growing to maturity. We\u2019ll start with preparing the soil.\n\n\n\nPrepare the Soil for Planting Sprouted Garlic\n\n\n\nBefore you do anything, choose a sunny area for planting\nyour garlic. Garlic needs full sunlight,\nmeaning 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day.\n\n\n\nGarlic needs full sun, meaning 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day.\n\n\n\nGarlic also needs well-draining soil to prevent it from\nsitting in water, which can cause the bulbs to rot. If necessary, add some compost to your soil\nto improve drainage (this is especially important for clay soils).\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on making your soil drain better.\n\n\n\nAfter working compost into the soil, you can also use a balanced fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, to provide nutrients for your garlic. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst suggests applying 10-10-10 fertilizer at a rate of 3 pounds per 100 square feet of soil.\n\n\n\nChoose the Right Time to Plant Garlic Cloves\n\n\n\nGarlic is an annual, planted in either fall or spring.\n\n\n\nIf you plant garlic bulbs in the fall, aim to put the bulbs in the soil 6 to 8 weeks before the first fall frost. You can find the last fall frost date in your area with this calculator from the Old Farmer\u2019s Almanac.\n\n\n\nIf planting garlic in the gall, do it 6 to 8 weeks before the first fall frost.\n\n\n\nPlanting at this time gives the garlic bulb enough time to\ngrow roots, but not enough time to grow shoots before winter comes. Don\u2019t worry if it does grow a few shoots\nthough \u2013 garlic is frost hardy.\n\n\n\nIn Northern regions of the U.S., you will probably be\nplanting fall garlic bulbs in October. \nIn Southern regions of the U.S., you will probably be planting fall garlic\nbulbs in November.\n\n\n\nIf you plant garlic bulbs in the spring, you should plant as\nsoon as soil can be worked (that is, when the ground thaws). This probably means March or April in most of\nthe U.S.\n\n\n\nJust remember that a spring planting will yield smaller\ngarlic bulbs, since the plants have less time to develop.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this article on growing garlic from the University of Georgia Extension.\n\n\n\nPlant Your Garlic Bulbs\n\n\n\nLeave the \u201cpaper\u201d (thin white skin) on your garlic bulbs \u2013\ndo not peel them! If you need to wait\nfor fall or spring to plant them, then keep them dry to avoid rotting.\n\n\n\nWhen ready to plant, gently pull apart the sections of the\ngarlic bulb to separate it into cloves. \nEach clove is one potential plant that will produce a bulb and many\ngarlic cloves next year!\n\n\n\nWhen ready to plant, separate the garlic bulb into cloves, and leave the white paper skin on them.\n\n\n\nPlant each garlic bulb 2 inches (5 centimeters) deep, with the\npointed end facing up (if sprouted, the green end will be facing up).\n\n\n\nLeave 6 inches (15 centimeters) between planted garlic cloves,\nto give them enough space to grow without competing with one another.\n\n\n\nIf planting multiple rows of garlic, leave 1 foot of space\nbetween the rows. This leaves plenty of\nroom for weeding, watering, fertilizing, and harvesting.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this article on growing garlic from the University of Georgia Extension.\n\n\n\nCare for Your Garlic after Planting the Cloves\n\n\n\nFirst, you should water your garlic right after\nplanting. Keep the soil moist (but not\ntoo wet) to help them grow their best.\n\n\n\nBe sure to water your garlic right after planting, and keep the soil moist.\n\n\n\nThen, cover the soil with mulch to help retain moisture and\nprotect against the cold of winter.\n\n\n\nOnce the garlic bulbs start to form, do not add any more fertilizer. When then leaves start to turn brown and fall\nover, it is time to slow down and eventually stop watering to avoid rotten\ngarlic bulbs.\n\n\n\nHow Long Does It Take Garlic to Sprout?\n\n\n\nGarlic can sprout after a couple of months if stored in the cold\n(such as in a refrigerator).\n\n\n\nAfter you plant your garlic, you may see some growth above\nground in a matter of weeks, or it may take until the following spring if you\nplanted in late fall.\n\n\n\nHow Long Does Garlic Take to Grow?\n\n\n\nIt can take anywhere from 90 to 240 days (3 to 8 months) for\ngarlic to grow to maturity. Of course, the\ntime for garlic to mature depends on when you plant it.\n\n\n\nAs mentioned earlier, you can plant garlic in the fall, or\nyou can plant it in the spring for a faster harvest with smaller bulbs.\n\n\n\nIf you plant garlic in the fall, it will take about 240 days\n(8 months) to grow to maturity. For example,\nif planting on November 1, it will take until about July 1 for the garlic to\nmature into bulbs that are ready for harvest.\n\n\n\nIf you plant garlic in the spring, it will take about 90\ndays (3 months) to grow to maturity. For\nexample, if planting on April 1, it will take until about July 1 for the garlic\nto grow into mature bulbs that are ready for harvest.\n\n\n\nHow Do You Know When Garlic Is Ready to Harvest?\n\n\n\nGarlic is ready to harvest after about half of the leaves die\nback. You can tell that this is\nhappening when the leaves start to get dry, turn yellow and brown, and then\nfall over.\n\n\n\nYou should stop watering around this time, to prevent the\ngarlic from rotting as it finishes growing.\n\n\n\nIf you planted garlic cloves in the fall, you will harvest\nin the summer, probably in June or July.\n\n\n\nIf you planted garlic cloves in the spring, you will harvest\nin the summer, again probably in June or July. \nYou will get smaller bulbs with a spring garlic planting than with a\nfall planting.\n\n\n\nRemember that garlic will not bulb and mature in high\ntemperatures (such as we have in July and August in much of the U.S.)\n\n\n\nWhen you harvest your garlic, do it on a sunny, dry day. This will keep bulbs dry and prevent rotting.\n\n\n\nAfter harvesting the garlic bulbs, hang them up to cure and dry\nfor 2 weeks. Do not peel the garlic\nuntil it is ready to use!\n\n\n\nAccording to the University of Georgia Extension, you can expect a yield of about 4 pounds of garlic per 10 feet of row.\n\n\n\nIf you like, you can also harvest garlic scapes or garlic greens.\n\n\n\nIn spring, hardneck garlic produces a scape, which you cut\noff after the stalk curls. A garlic\nscape can be used in a way similar to scallions.\n\n\n\nYou can harvest garlic early to get garlic greens.\n\n\n\nAs an alternative, you can harvest garlic before maturity to\nget green garlic. Green garlic is used\nlike green onions in salad or cooking.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this article on garlic from Rutgers University.\n\n\n\nOne more thing to keep in mind: there are three types of\ngarlic.\n\n\n\nThe first type is hardneck garlic, which yields fewer but\nlarger cloves.\n\n\n\nThe second type is softneck garlic, which yields many but\nsmaller cloves.\n\n\n\nThe third type is elephant garlic. In fact, it is not really garlic, and is\ncloser to a leek.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this article on garlic from the Ohio State University Extension.\n\n\n\nCan You Plant Garlic From The Grocery Store?\n\n\n\nYes, you can plant garlic from the grocery store. However, there are a couple of warnings to\nkeep in mind when doing this.\n\n\n\nFirst of all, garlic from the grocery store may take longer\nto sprout. This is because it is treated\nto prevent sprouting to improve shelf life. \nTo avoid this, buy garlic from a farmer\u2019s market.\n\n\n\nA more serious problem is the threat of disease. Garlic from the grocery store may carry\ndisease, which can then be transferred into your garden to infect your other\ngarlic plants.\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nBy now, you know that you can plant your garlic that has\nsprouted and get new garlic cloves next year. \nYou also know what steps to take to prepare your garden for growing\ngarlic.\n\n\n\nI hope you found this article helpful \u2013 if so, please share\nit with someone who can use the information. \nIf you have any questions about planting sprouted garlic, please leave a\ncomment below.