Winter garlic watering

tishtoshnm Zone 6/NMOctober 19, 2013

Are there are any guidelines on how much water garlic needs during the winter. Last winter it did snow in my locale but the snow had very low moisture content and my garlic was very undersized compared to previous years. My best guess was lack of moisture. So, how often should I water or how much water does garlic need during the dorman season? Thanks for any help.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
theforgottenone1013(MI zone 5b/6a)

I think the only dormant season garlic has is during the summer when the foliage dies down. It doesn't grow in winter when the ground is frozen but during warm spells it does grow (slowly).

In a dry climate, I'd use the same watering rules in winter that I would in summer: keep the ground moist, not wet, and don't let the ground dry out. Can't really tell you how much to water or when.

Rodney

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 4:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

You can water them in the fall, IF it has been REALLY dry for a LONG time and your garlics have already sprouted. But after the first frost I will just forget watering till spring time till around few weeks before the last frost. But then it depend on how much rain you get.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 10:00PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tishtoshnm Zone 6/NM

I do water when planting in the fall but it does not take long for the ground to dry out at that soil depth, even when mulched. I have little fear of the garlic rotting from too much moisture (just not a problem here). Perhaps I will try watering half the bed once a month (when we have no precipitation) and the other half just at planting.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 8:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I watered mine lightly today.
If your soil has good drainage , watering should not be a problem at this time and growth stage even if it was not necessary, I also lightly sprinkled some Nitrogen fertilizer before watering. Garlics and onions are considered LEAFY vegetables. Their bulbs are just continuation of their leaves. They benefit from nitrogen.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 5:43AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Planting harneck garlic in spring (zone 2b)
Life got in the way of getting my garlic in this past...
macky77
Starting onions indoors from seeds, in pots?
Can onions be started by planting maybe 50 or more...
dab07
Do oriental alliums (globe master, etc) have flimsy leaves?
it has been raining pretty good and none of my other...
pinkkpearls
dislike the new format, how about you?
YUCK, do not care for the new format. Had a ton of...
kristincarol
Farmer's Market Hardnech vs. Softneck Garlic
I just notice that the garlic we bought recently from...
RedSun (Zone 6, NJ)
Sponsored Products
Fallon Sapphire Blue and Winter White Rectangular: 5 Ft. x 8 Ft. Rug
$369.60 | Bellacor
Palm Tree Balloon Goblets
Classic Hostess
Alpine Flushmount by Hudson Valley Lighting
$798.00 | Lumens
Capital Lighting Winter Gold Modern Contempo Mini Chandelier
1800Lighting
Solar Powered 10 Light Clear Icicle LED String Lights
$14.98 | Lamps Plus
Runner: Oron Mushroom 2' 6" x 8' Flatweave
Home Depot
Eddie Bauer Tossed Snowflakes Flannel Sheet Set - 196477
$40.49 | Hayneedle
Christmas Bouquet Fresh Christmas Garland
$119.00 | FRONTGATE
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™