When to Harvest Garlic - Knowledgebase Question

Lexington, SC
Question by bouknight
May 6, 1998
How do I tell when my garlic is ready to pick?


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Answer from NGA
May 6, 1998

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Professional garlic grower Ron Engelund harvests his garlic after the leaves begin to brown, but before they all turn brown. His rule is to harvest when 6 of the leaves are still green. This is optimal in terms of garlic maturity and its ability to stand up in storage. Allow soil on bulbs to dry, then hang garlic in a garage or other well ventilated spot (or place loosely on a slotted tray like a nursery flat) and allow it to dry for a month. Then collect the bulbs and store them in a cool, dry spot.

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