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Grow Garlic in Containers and Pots

How to Propagate Garlic
A GardenAction tip, don't try and propagate your own bulbs for two reasons. Garlic by nature is progressively diseased when growing in the soil - it is really a race against time to harvest them before their natural diseased condition affects the taste. Propagating your own garlic is a recipe for bad crops next year and also for introducing disease into your soil. The other reason for not propagating garlic is that a trip down to the supermarket or greengrocer is so cheap!

How to Grow Garlic in Containers and Pots

Garlic itself loves to be grown in pots and containers. The soil should be well-drained and they can be fed easily. The problem is one of space and the fact that they are not particularly attractive plants.

However, if you are new to gardening and want to give it a go, the garlic plants will be very happy.

Read the instructions for planting garlic outside on the previous page (click here to go there now) then come back here for specific details on planting in containers.

The best time to plant garlic in containers is mid-October but up to mid-April is fine. Because you will be using potting compost in the pots, the cloves can be bought from your local supermarket. Click here to go to the previous page for how to select the best garlic to grow.

Fill a 13 cm / 5cm pot (slightly smaller or larger will do) with normal potting compost (don't use soil from the garden). Plant one clove per pot in an upright position 2cm (1in) below the soil surface - looking at the clove in the picture to the right, the bottom of the clove should be lowest in the ground.

garlic picture, the garlic bulb and a clove

Water the containers / pots well and place them in a sunny position. If you are planting in October, then place the pots out of the way of cold winds. By the edge of the house where they still get the sun is ideal.

From early-June onwards feed with a general purpose plant food every two weeks. Click here to go to the previous page on when and how to harvest garlic.





Name: jim@GardenAction
Date posted: December 21, 2011 - 04:01 pm
Message: You just need to follow these pages. All well set out.

Name: christopher
E-mail: Private
Date posted: December 21, 2011 - 12:56 am
Message: I want to learn more about propagating garlic.I will try this December.Our climate here is tropical.Give me more info about it. thanks

Name: jim@GardenAction
Date posted: November 08, 2011 - 03:16 pm
Message: Hello Joan
Containers for garlic are fine, look at
for advice.

Name: joan
Date posted: November 08, 2011 - 10:13 am
Message: I am looking to plant garlic for the first time. I would like to plant in a flower box planter. Can I leave that out for the winter? I dont have a spot indoors to keep it. But, would leaving it in pots above ground kill the garlic? Any help would be great! Thank you

Name: wil
Date posted: October 25, 2011 - 09:39 pm
Message: I've grown garlic in containers successfully for two years now. I leave them out all through the winter without issues and I'm on the west coast of Canada. I usually plant them in October/November. This year's crop was larger than the ones in the farmer's market locally! I usually select only the largest clove in each bulb and eat the rest.

Name: Shane
Date posted: October 04, 2011 - 12:42 pm
Message: I want to plant garlic this winter. And this would be my forst time so I am trying to do as much research as possible. Hopefully you can help me. I am debating 1st if I should plant in my garden or in pots. I don't know if I should put them in the garden because I do not know when the will be ready to harvest if I plant in Mid-October. I also used much of the garlic on my head of garlic before I decided on doing this. So the garlic I have now I fear will be smaller than I need to plant. Should I go buy another head of garlic and how long will it take to harvest if I plant in Mid-October? Also do you prefer pots or garden to plant them. Oh and also I am in Illinois, about 1-2 hours south of Chicago. Will this effect my garlic if I leave them in pots outside all winter?

Name: Mohamed Darwish
Date posted: September 20, 2011 - 07:01 pm
Message: Dear Sirs:

I am very glad to have met you. I hope you can help me. I already have a container with a suitable environment, ready for anytime of the year. I want to plant organic garlic inside a container. please give me the details with a picture and video and how long it takes to finish the growing process. And all of your information. Thanks in advance for your help

Name: Roger
Date posted: July 11, 2011 - 11:57 am
Message: I have just harvested my Garlic planted between October 2010 and January 2011 5 large pastic pots and 2 rows in the garden never grorn Garlic before but i am delighted with results Planted Allium Illico & Solent White

Name: Craig
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Date posted: November 11, 2010 - 10:14 am
Message: My orange tree flowerd well this time but still no fruit,its 5yrs old and i still waiting ??

Name: maureen mc mahon
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Date posted: September 30, 2010 - 04:48 am
Message: my apple tree has begun to blossom again in late September.Is there a reason for this as I've never seen this happen before?Will it go on to produce a second crop?

Name: David Langdon
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Date posted: September 10, 2010 - 11:28 am
Message: For an advanced Biology class I am testing how an acidic environment changes the amounts of the enzyme Allicin in Allium Sativum. I was wondering if there was a place where I could order a few pre-planted garlic plants that I could experiment immediately. If there is no such place, how long does it take to grow a moderately mature plant?