Harvesting Garlic already?

outdoor_andy(7)April 15, 2011

This is the first year I planted Garlic. I used typical garlic cloves from the grocery store (organic). I planted it in late December in a raised garden bed and it sprouted out in mid-late February. They have been growing nicely, but now I have noticed a few of the leaves falling over. Some of the fallen leaves are browning and some are still green. The base of the stems are about the width of a pinky finger.

Everything I have read says that when the leaves start to fall, it is time to harvest. It is time already or is something else going on? I thought it would take a lot longer than this. Does it normally take less than 2 months from sprouting to harvest?

Any thoughts would be helpful.--Andy

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I don't know how garlic grows in Arizona, but the general rule for harvest is when about half of the leaves are yellow/brown, or if you prefer, when only about 3-4 green leaves remain. Garlic often falls over before this stage. If yours are still mostly green, I would leave them in the ground.

Here in NJ, harvest comes from late June to mid July depending on the variety of garlic. Grocery store garlic is usually a softneck artichoke type, which mature earlier than hardnecks. I would expect harvest to be earlier in your warmer Arizona climate, but April seems too early to me.

You might want to pull one to see how the bulb is developing.


    Bookmark   April 16, 2011 at 8:32AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Andy, it is way too early to harvest your garlics now. Probably they will be ready by late June or July. I have planted mine last October(in Z 8) and I should be able to harvest them in June. Yesterday I dug one out to use as green. No bulb there yet. It looks like leeks at this point.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2011 at 9:45AM
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still_kris(z17 NoCA)

Won't be harvesting the earliest of the garlic until the middle of June here, but the gophers have broken into my largest raised bed and are doing some of their own harvesting as we speak. So far I am only down a dozen or so plants, but know they will take the rest of them before they are ready to harvest.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 10:56AM
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This is great info to know, as the same thing is happening to some of my garlic. 4-5 of the 10 or so I planted in the late Fall last year have about half their leaves turning brown.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2011 at 8:16AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Keep watering and fertilizing and be patient. Fall planted garlics (OCT-NOV) will not be ready before mid June or there about.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 9:27PM
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