Soaking Cloves before planting?

computergardener(z7 NC)September 4, 2008

I have grown garlic for the last three years with good success for the most part. As I prepare to plant this year's crop I was reviewing websites for tips on planting garlic. (Always trying to learn new things)

One site suggested soaking the cloves in in a baking soda and liquid seaweed overnight and then giving them a 3-4 minute rinse in rubbing alcohol before peeling and quickly planting. The concept being, the soaking and rinse gives each clove an energy boost and kills pests or pest eggs and any pathogens within the cloves.

I am only planting 40 or so cloves so it would be easy for me to do but I was wondering if anyone else does this or something similar. I wouldn't even ask, but I do find pre-soaking my regular seeds helps with germination.

Thanks...

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
flutesee

I also soak mine the night before planting. When I ordered my garlic seed from Gourmet Garlic Gardens, it came with directions for soaking the cloves. I use apple cider vinegar (I can't remember if it specifically called for the cider type; it may be that was all I had) to soak it over night, rinse them in alcohol right before planting, and I don't peel my cloves. I've had good success with my garlic so far.
Chris

    Bookmark   September 9, 2008 at 10:47AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ekgrows

I tried this for the first time this year. You can use either cider vinegar OR baking soda, and liquid seaweed, then either dip in alcohol OR 140 proof vodka. I chose the baking soda and alcohol, but I must admit - dipping the cloves in rubbing alcohol just seemed wrong! I hope it all turns out ok - hopefully I'll remember to post my results next summer.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2008 at 4:54PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rj_hythloday(8A VA)

I had read one of flutesee's post's before and another similar. I soaked mine in red wine vinegar, I forgot about them so instead of overnight it was like 36hrs. I noticed the skins had become very loose, I rinsed in 91% rubbing alcohol and planted. It was only five in a container, I think I might do five more when I pull up the basil in a similar container.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2008 at 5:21AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
garlicman2

I soak my cloves for up to 24 hours in a mix of Maxicrop liquifed seaweed,11%nitrogen water soluble fishfert,Mycorrhizal fungi(water soluble)and worm tea.A tablespoon or so of each to the gallon,if in doubt use more.Most of it is available at Peaceful Valley,Farm &Garden Supply.Buy the maxicrop as a powder and reconstitue at home,saves on shipping costs.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2008 at 8:34AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Seems like a lot of trouble, for something that usually grows quite well with no treatment whatsoever. What are the supposed benefits of soaking?

    Bookmark   October 26, 2008 at 5:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
garlicman2

The benefits of soaking are a quick energy boost for the rooting bulb and growing larger,healthier plants with a better chance of survival and more uniform plants.Bulbs under 1 1/2" just don't sell well,but over 2" move well and for a much better price.The 2 1/2" plus sizes are in great demand for culinary uses.People just don't want to clean teeney tiney cloves and most importantly it takes just as much work to grow small bulbs as it does to grow nice big bulbs that get all the oohs & aahs.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2008 at 3:25PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Hottest garlic?
This year I planted trials of nine new varieties of...
hortster
Garlic Plants are Coming Up (Fall 2014)
I planted some garlic bulbs about 2-3 weeks ago. And...
redsun9
Do oriental alliums (globe master, etc) have flimsy leaves?
it has been raining pretty good and none of my other...
pinkkpearls
Garlic with Rust - what would you do?
I do not intend to destroy the plants, I am resigned...
CathyCA Zone10
Potato onion's free/trade
Hello I have some small left over sets I will not be...
travis2
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™