Growing Garlic

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
                P P    

(Best months for growing Garlic in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Plant cloves

September: Garlic can overwinter. Cover with a good layer of mulch . In areas where frost persists into March/ April, expect to harvest your garlic in June/July.

October: Garlic can overwinter. Cover with a good layer of mulch . In areas where frost persists into March/ April, expect to harvest your garlic in June/July.

  • Easy to grow. Plant cloves. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 10 - 12 cm apart
  • Harvest in 17-25 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Beets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Dill, Tomatoes, Parsnips
  • Avoid growing close to: Asparagus, Beans, Brassicas, Peas, Potatoes

Your comments and tips

12 Apr 20, geoffrey Neely (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi,my wife and i are first time growers of Russian garlic,my question is.we planted our garlic 2 weeks ago to the day so far only one seed has germinated.We soaked our garlic in seasol overnight prior to planting n a garden soil bought from local landscape supplier and mixed with natural occurring soil on our property.We watered the garlic in after planting and put a thin cover of sugarcane mulch over them, that first week only watered one more time the second week had 3-4 days of rain.Do you think there is a problem as only one shoot has penetrated the soil out of 630 planted,am i worrying about nothing will the rest of the cloves germinate in days or weeks to come should i keep watering should i not.thank you
29 Apr 20, Kys (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, I've planted around 30 cloves of garlic, soaked them overnight too, I had some pop up in just over a week and some took 3-4weeks. This is my first time growing it too and my only advice would be to make sure the dirt is loose and maybe remove the sugarcane till they pop through I didn't bother with using sugar cane for mine
25 Apr 20, Robyn B (Australia - tropical climate)
Geoffrey, I’m a first time grower as well and had a problem with my Russians not sprouting (similar amount of time as you - I did the seasol as well). I’m transplanting them today as I found they didn’t have enough sun and the soil was very heavy and sandy. I had watched a YouTube clip that said they like daily water but well draining soil. Will keep you posted.
14 Apr 20, Anon (Australia - temperate climate)
I think it takes awhile for garlic to germinate. Probably more about the seasons changing - summer to autumn. It is only now just starting to become cooler. A reasonable watering 1-2 times a week depending on how hot it is and if the soil dries quick or not.
05 Apr 20, Roland Philip (Canada - Zone 2a Sub-Arctic climate)
Hey pal. In canada right now. Looking to relocate to Caribbean , will that be a tropical climate. Few pointers on growing garlic in Caribbean tropical climate. Soil type Amt. Of water Start date for planting Thank u regards
06 Apr 20, Anon (Australia - temperate climate)
I would suggest you look up tropical and sub-tropical climates in Australia or USA etc and check what they do there.
05 Apr 20, Anon (Australia - tropical climate)
You can try growing garlic in the tropics but it needs chilling in a fridge to get it ready to grow.
27 Mar 20, Frank Dart (Australia - arid climate)
I have only a small garden being in a unit, I have Zucchini, Capsicum,Tomatoes, Radish and Rhubarb in the bed will Garlic be compatible with them. Frank
29 Mar 20, Ruth (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Gdday Frank! no problem, just don't plant any beans or peas near garlic, they don't like each other!!! happy gardening, stay healthy & happy!!
28 Mar 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Go to garlic and read what is compatible with it and what is not.
Showing 21 - 30 of 691 comments

Go to garlic and read what is compatible with it and what is not.

- Anon

Please provide your email address if you are hoping for a reply

All comments are reviewed before displaying on the site, so your posting will not appear immediately

Gardenate App

Put Gardenate in your pocket. Get our app for iPhone, iPad or Android to add your own plants and record your plantings and harvests

Planting Reminders

Join our 60,000+ gardeners who already use Gardenate and subscribe to the free Gardenate planting reminders email newsletter.

Home | Vegetables and herbs to plant | Climate zones | About Gardenate | Contact us | Privacy Policy

This planting guide is a general reference intended for home gardeners. We recommend that you take into account your local conditions in making planting decisions. Gardenate is not a farming or commercial advisory service. For specific advice, please contact your local plant suppliers, gardening groups, or agricultural department. The information on this site is presented in good faith, but we take no responsibility as to the accuracy of the information provided.
We cannot help if you are overrun by giant slugs.