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How To Grow Garlic

By GrowOrganic.com on August 04, 2011

In this video, Tricia shares her tips of planting, growing and harvesting garlic.

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I planted garlic November 2016 and harvested them at the end of May 2017.  They were so good and successful.  I loved it so much and decided to do it again.  So I planted again a lot more in October 2017.  The green part above ground were so green and healthy. And I assume that I will harvest very big nice garlic this June.  Today, I checked roots of garlic plants and found there are no bulbs.  The greens above ground were so tall and healthy.  Something wrong?  Can I fix it and get good bulbs?  Please let me know.  I am very disappointed.  Thank you.

Posted by Chung Rikard on May. 17, 2018 at 8:25:38 PM

Chung, there are so many things that can be different from the previous year, like weather, nutrition… Is your garlic putting out scapes yet? I would say give them a little more time. Your garlic is signaling when it is putting on a bulb when they start producing scapes, and are getting ready to pull when about 3 or 4 bottom leaves of the garlic plant starts to turn brown. If everything is green and no scapes, then it is too soon for them to start bulbing up. Give them more time.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on May. 22, 2018 at 10:24:29 AM


Maybe she has planted soft neck garlic…no scapes?

Posted by mh robertson on May. 29, 2018 at 8:39:25 AM


That was the last crop my dad planted before passing away in Dec ‘17 at 93 yrs of age. He passed his love of gardening into me.

Posted by Daria on May. 29, 2018 at 3:29:14 PM

Daria, Your father passed on a great thing to you. I had grandparents and parents that passed on the love for growing things as well. Very special memories!

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on May. 31, 2018 at 10:36:44 AM


Hi. I’ve grown hardneck for years, and tried softneck last fall. The plants are definitely smaller than the hardnecks. What has me baffled is, the softnecks produced bulbils about 3-4” above the soil.
I know to cut off ‘scapes’, but do I cut off these bulbils? If I do, there will be no leaves to nourish the bulb undergound!?! I do enjoy the scapes (made pesto from them), but can I eat those bulbils?
HELP! thank you!

Posted by randy herrington on Jun. 28, 2018 at 3:49:27 PM

Randy, the softnecks don’t produce scapes but they do produce flower stalks that should be removed. I have not seen bulbils produced like you are talking about. I would cut them off without removing the leaves. I think that you can eat them, like little cloves. Try it.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Jul. 12, 2018 at 10:03:52 AM

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