Did I make a mistake? Should I have chilled the garlic first?

wertach zone 7-B SCOctober 26, 2012

I dried my garlic in the barn but didn't refrigerate. I planted the big cloves. Some had small green shoots sticking out of the top. They have been in the ground for 3 weeks and they haven't came up.

Should I have chilled the garlic for a while before planting? They normally come up in a few days but I normally put them in the fridge.

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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Might have to do with your curing method, variety or storage conditions.

I kept my 'Spanish Roja' in a cool, dry and dark spot in the basement after harvest and 3-4 weeks of drying. I planted mine 3 weeks ago and have about 75-80% sprouting. Could also be planting depth?


    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 4:56PM
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austinnhanasmom(5 CO)

From what I've read:

the chilling helps to break dormancy. But, it should come out of dormancy regardless, eventually.

Also, root development could be occurring without leaf growth.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 8:27PM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

Mine is 'Spanish Roja' also. I checked them this morning after a good 2 hour watering with my sprinkler yesterday and I have little green leaves poking out of the dirt now.

I need to have more patience!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2012 at 1:55PM
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