Garlic sprouting up

minzeFebruary 18, 2009

This is my first attempt at growing garlic. The end of the season I planted the individual cloves after working the soil as directed by some of the sites I read.

the problem I am having is that now my garlic is sprouting. We've had some unseasonable warm weather here lately along with a decent amount of rain. We hit a record high of 68 degrees this month. The current temperature is now 44. It is expected to keep the warmer temperature for at least the next 10 days but some nights it is expected to drop below freezing.

I have shoots coming up, single stalks on more than half of what I planted. Some stalks are up to 4 inches while others are just starting to sprout. I'm looking for some ideas on how to protect the crop. I was thinking of just putting some clear plastic over the area on stakes to create a small greenhouse tent over the growth. Ideas...suggestions?


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bloosquall(Wa 6)


Don't get too excited about the garlic coming up, Garlic is really tough...the first shoot can freeze off and die without it hurting anything. This is normal. find some straw and cover the ground if your really worried about it.

bloosqualls garlic farm
15,600 in the ground this year.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2009 at 12:28AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks. I'll give it a bit of cover and keep an eye out.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2009 at 1:13AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


I hadn't even been out to my garden until this morning and I also noticed my garlic was sprouting, too! Thanks for posting this--I was a bit worried because it froze and snowed here last night. Mine are already under a huge heap of mulch to keep them protected, but I didn't expect them so early.

This is also my first attempt at garlic. I planted German Extra Hardy and all 16 are there! Woohoo! I am a bit excited that I did it right.

Bloosquall--thanks for the info!

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 9:36AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

No need to cover them. Garlic is very hardy and will easily survive our NJ nights.

Be sure to apply a thick mulch between the rows as garlic hates weeds. Also, now is a good time for a light application of a high nitrogen fertilizer, repeated in mid April, but do not fertilize after early May.


    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 11:56AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bloosquall(Wa 6)

I agree with everything TomNJ said. A garlic plant is very hardy and can handle some cold weather even after it's sprouted up. I don't know what kind of weather you guys get on the east side.

There was a beautiful day last week so I went out and dug around in the straw looking for plants..I found them and continued to move some cover away from the little plants so they could get some direct sunlight. it got pretty cold down to 18 degrees at night the rest of the week and is still not much over freezing. I went back over to the section where I had done that to see the results. I saw some plants with white shoots poking up.

They were used to being covered and protected by the straw mulch, I think it was a shock to the tender little leaves. My curiosity got the best of me.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 2:37AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
TJG911(z5b CT)

ditto! garlic is able to survive freezing temps and i'm sure some snow.

since it is getting warm, i went out saturday and checked my garlic. sure enough, i have garlic coming up. i was able to remove only the top 1" of mulch as it is still frozen below that level. garlic is tough stuff!

last year i used whole leaves and the garlic was 4-6" tall by 3/25 but was unable to get thru the packed down wet leaves, about 4" thick. this is why i checked earlier this year but it appears that shredded leaves are much easier to penetrate - the shoots just pierce that mulch.


    Bookmark   March 15, 2009 at 3:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
hamiltongardener(CAN 6a)

My garkic is sprouting too. I'm so happy!

Garlic is my favorite baby in the garden.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 7:20PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Potato onion's free/trade
Hello I have some small left over sets I will not be...
Allium unifolium or something else
I want to try growing Allium unifolium. I found a company's...
Farmer's Market Hardnech vs. Softneck Garlic
I just notice that the garlic we bought recently from...
why are my shallots soo small
I planted really nice sized shallots last fall. I would...
Onion suggestion
I am thinking about buying onion transplants for next...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™