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high there iv'e planted garlic and in the winter in December i have forgot to make holes in my big pot and now so much water has gone into the pot and has risen above the soil this has been happening for a few weeks now what should i do and will anything happen to my garlic



  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    hamza I have replied ( with limited knowledge) on the tomato thread that you've also posted on.image

    I think we need to know how big the pot is and is it still outside? Has the garlic started to grow?  Can't remember if you have a green house you can use.

    I would try and tip the water out of the pot and think about transplanting them to small pots. I'm unsure if they should be outside just now. I don't grow garlic.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    I don't grow garlic either but if they look Ok and haven't gone soft you could replant them in a pot with drainage holes and see what happens. Here we haven't had a severe enough frost to freeze them yet, have you?

    I'm sure someone who does grow garlic will turn up soon

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Hamza, dig it out and replant it in soil for best results.

    If its been water logged for any lengthy period it will rot. You may be too late, but it's a valuable lesson for you if nothing else.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Yes, I would replant them; unless you can drill a few holes near the base of the pot (if it is plastic) they love being outside. As far as I understand, they need the cold to help them split into cloves. If you have to grow them in a pot, not the open ground, then make sure they have good drainage. Good luck with themimage

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Hamza if they have rotted maybe get some more. If you haven't got any small pots maybe make holes in the bottom of plastic egg boxes and put a clove in each, then put them somewhere outside, where they wont get too wet or frost on them, and then when they start to grow plant them in the garden.

    If they are okay ( pick one out and have a squeeze) and you don't have anywhere to plant them in the garden, do as Artjak won't need to drill, you can poke holes in a plastic pot with scissors.

    Please tell us how you get on.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    p.s. Hamza , a  resourceful young man of 14 could make himself a little cold frame. image How about a few bricks as a base and some old glass, or perspex, even a some plastic over the top. The type of plastic you get over multi packs of drinks is quite tough.

    Best wishes.

  • Hamza the best way to do Garlic is plant it in September/October in a well drained soil.  When you harvest your garlic in August/ September, you then plant your cloves for the following year.  That is the ideal way to do it successfully.

    It sounds like you have a bit of a problem at the moment though.......if you can rescue any decent cloves , plant them individually in the cell trays ( the likes of B&Q sell them cheaply ) and keep them out of the rain ( home made cold frame perhaps ? ) until they start to root.  Keeping them separated means that you can at least pick out the good ones which can then be planted out in March. Raised beds really suit garlic.  Remember not to plant the cloves too deeply - the root growth tends to lift the cloves slightly out of the ground so just keep an eye on them once they start into growth.

    It is possible to grow garlic in containers but you would probably be better off doing them in long troughs rather than round pots.  Good drainage is absolutely essential.

    There is nothing quite like your own Garlic - tastes so much better image  As with anything else, perseverence is the name of the game.

    As KEF says, do let us know how you get on.


  • I did exactly that last year - what pot manufacturer makes pots with no holes in!

    I realised slightly later than you have. I tipped the pot (a rectangular shape about 60cm x 30cm and 25 cm deep) up and drained as much water as I could from it without disturbing the garlic. I then placed the pot at the side of the house under the eaves to minimise any more rain getting in.

    I've read a lot about garlic rotting in damp conditions and it all sounds logical but my crop of garlic in 2013 was 100% successful and I'm still getting through the last two remaining bulbs. They are in peak condition and look set to last another month.

    My lesson from that was two fold. First, never plant up a pot without checking it has good drainage. Second, only believe gardening articles where the writer has had specific experience. There's a lot of folklore out there backed up by no practical experience. From my experience garlic will stand lots of water - during December to February anyway. 

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I plant my garlic in the veg bed which is a mix of compost and sharp sand to aid drainage. I can't imagine any bulb which is not suitable for planting at the edge of a pond would like to be sitting neck deep in water for the 2 coldest months of the year.image

  • hi there all ive got allot of advice from you all and and i will next year make sure i will cover them with some thing imageimageimageimageimageimage THANK YOU! ! ! ! ! ! !

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