Garlic Planting - Is it too late zone 5?

gardenunusual2(5a)November 19, 2012

I have Purple Stripe, Rocambole, Porcelain, Artichoke, one Creole and two Turbans I'd like to plant. It has been a very busy fall. I'm wondering if I missed the window for planting?

I'm thinking maybe okay for the hardnecks, but not too sure on the softnecks.

Thanks for all of your help.

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stevelau1911

I don't see anything wrong with planting them now as long as the ground is not frozen. Any temperature above freezing will cause them to root out, and that's all that they really need in order to form full sized bulbs next year.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 11:45PM
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gardenunusual2(5a)

It has been freezing and thawing, I think Thanksgiving day is going to be mid fifties.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 7:51AM
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stevelau1911

As long as you can manage to work them into the soil, they will still root out, and there should be plenty of above freezing temperatures well into December. Last year, it hardly ever froze up here in upstate NY and the garlic I planted by mid December still reached full size.

I planted some garlic in the ground about 10 days ago, and those are still sprouting which means they have become well rooted in the ground which is all you really need going into the spring to have nice big garlic.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 6:48PM
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gardenunusual2(5a)

I'm so happy, thanks Steve.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 8:24AM
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deanriowa(4b)

I just finished planting myself today. They should be fine.

Dean

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 6:45PM
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