Can I start Garlic Indoors? - Knowledgebase Question

Omaha, NE
Question by tman4
November 10, 1997
I heard that garlic can be used as an organic pestrodent control, with this in mind, can garlic be started indoors in the fallwinter and transplanted in the spring?


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Answer from NGA
November 10, 1997

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Unless you chill the bulbs at 35-50F for several weeks before planting, spring-planted garlic produces small bulbs with less flavor than fall planted garlic. It still may not perform the way fall planted garlic would. I don't know how well it will adjust to transplanting, but if you started pre-chilled cloves in separate peat pots, it might work. Since part of the fun of gardening is in the experimentation, it can't hurt to try a few and see what happens! Also, keep in mind that garlic is a broad-spectrum poision, and can kill "good" bugs as well as pests, so use it judiciously.

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