Answer: How a garlic bulb ends up at the end of a storage period is 25% variety, 25% growing conditions, and 50% storage conditions. If there is an ideal storage for garlic, it may be a humidity range of 40-65%, a temperature range of 50-60 degrees or 32 to 35 degrees for long term storage (bulbs must be used immediately after being removed from storage at these lower temperatures), and, possibly most importantly, good air circulation between the individual bulbs. Bulbs that dry out before being brought out from storage are usually stored at a humidity level below 40%. Often, homes Heated in winter and early spring, especially those with furnace units in the basement, have low humidity in the root cellar.
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