How to grow garlic from store bought?

Garlic is one of the main ingredients of dishes that we consume daily. Garlic can also be used as a garnishing item. Its antibiotic, antiviral, and lipid-lowering properties are useful for our health. Garlic can be grown indoors or outdoors with care.

We can grow garlic plants in our home from the cloves. A single garlic bulb head has about 10 to 20 cloves. Each clove can be planted to get a new garlic bulb head.

Can you plant garlic cloves?

Yes, you can plant garlic cloves for their green leaves or bulbs. Cloves are the best part of a garlic plant to grow commercially. They can also be grown from seeds.

Can I plant store-bought garlic that has sprouted?

Yes, you can plant store-bought garlic that has sprouted. Plant the clove directly in moist soil for the roots to come out.

How to grow store-bought garlic in pots

Garlic in pot

I recommend that at first, we let the cloves have young roots before planting. After you divide it into cloves. Keep the cloves in a shady damp place so that young roots come out.

Choose a pot that is at least 8 inches deep. Garlic loves well-drained fertile soil for growing. Plant the cloves about 8 cm deep and 10 cm apart.

Within a few days you will see, new young green tender leaves growing from the cloves. Water the garlic seedlings once a week. And weed away any unwanted plants growing along with them.

Grow garlic in a water bottle for green leaves

Garlic green in a water bottle

If you want to grow garlic for its fresh green leaves, you can grow them easily in a water bottle. This also takes a small space, instead of a large size pot. The disadvantage of growing garlic in a water bottle is you can not expect a good harvest of the bulbs. To make this planter we will need a plastic water bottle, one large iron nail, one pair of gardening gloves, one candle, and a lighter.

Step 1: Take the plastic water bottle or a plastic cold drink bottle. Lit the candle and hold the nail above it. Do not forget to wear gloves.

Step 2: Now we need to make holes in the plastic bottle using the hot iron nail. Make sure you make the holes in a line and holes are just big enough to pass a garlic clove.

Step 3: After you are done making holes in it. Now, we can stick garlic cloves in the holes.

Step 4: Fill the bottle with soil mixed with compost. The soil should be well-drained. Water your cloves once a week and you will get long green garlic leaves.

How long to grow garlic from clove?

To get a full-grown garlic head from a clove, it takes about 7 to 8 months. A garlic bulb head contains about 10 to 20 cloves in total. It takes time to grow a single clove into ten cloves.


Hi, I am Dr. Aman Agarwal, a botanist from India. I love growing vegetables in my garden and sharing tips with others.
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