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garlic - first time I've planted

I bought a couple of single heads in the autumn to try planting garlic for the first time.  I put the individual cloves in pots, about 5 to a 3 litre pot, to keep in the greenhouse and already there are six inch sprouts.  Should I plant them out now, or keep them in the pots till the spring?  I am worried that I should have planted them up individually and whether I will damage the roots by separating them and planting them out later on. 
Thanks if you have some suggestions. 


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,839
    They normally get planted in rows in the ground in a sunny spot with well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil.  If you have heavy soil they can be started in modules and kept in a coldframe till spring but the do need a period of cold to encourage them to form fat bulbs with new cloves to form.

    I would advise you either to split them carefully and either plant out in the soil or esle in individual pots depending on your soil.   Have a read of this info from the RHS. 
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  • Depends where you are located but the usual method is to plant out in September and harvest in June/July of the following year.
    You can start them in individual pots and then plant out if that suits you better but they won't thank you to try and divide a pot full once they've started sprouting. 
  • ok thanks.  My soil is quite heavy so I'm going to separate them out into smaller pots while I can and grow on for a while. I appreciate the comments 
  • LunarSeaLunarSea Posts: 1,763
    When turning my compost heap recently I found one growing in there. My OH had obviously thrown the remains of an unused bulb into the compost bin. I just potted it up and left it outside. The shoot is about 8" now and it was out through the recent deep frosts. The last time I did this we got a nice bulb the following summer.
    Clay soil - Cheshire/Derbyshire border

    I play with plants and soil and sometimes it's successful

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