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zzackey(8b GA)July 17, 2014

I just got free garlic cloves in the mail. I hadn't asked anyone for these or had trade going. Not sure if they will be in good shape to plant by the time it gets cool enough to. What would be the best way to store them until the weather cools down enough (Nov-Dec?) to plant them?

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zzackey(8b GA)

I found the person that mailed them to me. Nice treat on a bad day.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 6:12PM
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ibarbidahl(9 (tampa-ish))

Put them in cool storage so they will be ready for planting.

BTW - Nice friend! I love garden surprises!!!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 2:32PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Can I refrigerate them?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 2:53PM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

Or you can just plant them....nature doesn't normally remove them from the soil for dormancy. That way you don't lose or forget them.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 2:59PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

I thought about planting them now. I lost some great garlic a friend gave me from upper NY state by planting it at the wrong time, that's why I'm kinda hesitant.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 4:43PM
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Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake

It is my understanding that Garlic needs to go through a cold period to grow properly. Without the cold period they grow, but then start dying off before they mature. The clincher is, and I wish I could find the article that I read this in, they can't just be chilled in the fridge as other food items in the fridge somehow affect the garlic cloves since everything in there is already in a state of slow decay. The article said you have to make sure they are in a 'sterile' environment while they are chilling, which I find odd since the ground isn't sterile! I don't know if a sterile bag or plastic dish will do the trick or not, I just understand that it's hard getting things just right to grow them here in FL with those required chill hours.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 6:18PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

We have several cold days and nights here. 9 to 20 degrees for our lows in the winter.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 2:20PM
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