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Grocery Store Garlic is no Good

Posted by achang89 Central NJ Z6b (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 17, 14 at 14:54

I know that grocery store garlic was sprayed on. So gardeners should plant them.

I have quite a few cloves of garlic that sent out greet shoots. So instead of throwing them away, I planted them. From the beginning, they grew a couple of inches. But have stopped growing. I think the spray made them not to grow any more.

I just do not know why they sent out the green shoots in the first place.

I'll probably dig up them and use them. Then get the good garlic in the fall for planting.

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RE: Grocery Store Garlic is no Good

They are probably from China since a whole lot of garlic is coming from there. We have no idea what they use as a sprout deterrent but 9 out of 10 cloves I've purchased have a dark heart. Not good eating.

IMO ordering garlic to plant online is preferable but you may want to check farmers in your area that offer garlic at their farmers markets stands and plant those. They would be local and grown in the right climate you live in.


RE: Grocery Store Garlic is no Good

A great reason to grow your own garlic is to ensure that it hasn't been treated with growth inhibitors, fungicides, insecticides and/or bleached with chlorine to make it look whiter. At a minimum, imported garlic has been treated with growth inhibitors and likely one or more of the others.

RE: Grocery Store Garlic is no Good

When did you plant it? That you are writing this message now, all garlic growing will die back around now.

RE: Grocery Store Garlic is no Good

I have never had a problem with grocery store garlic. I plant it all the time, and when the green turns straw color, I just hang the garlic in the shade to dry. No problem. Free garlic.

RE: Grocery Store Garlic is no Good

Better order you fall seed garlic pretty soon. A whole lot of sources are already sold out for 2014.

RE: Grocery Store Garlic is no Good

Check Portland OR craigslist for a great garlic seed source. :)

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