Can I plant garlic cloves from the grocery store in my garden?

Question:

Can I plant garlic cloves from the grocery store in my garden?

Answer:

Planting garlic cloves purchased from grocery stores is rarely successful in an Iowa garden.  The garlic found in grocery stores are usually softneck cultivars from warmer regions that are not well adapted to Iowa’s climate.  Additionally, most garlic in stores is treated to prevent sprouting.  While this is good for storage, it is bad for growing and often the treated garlic will rot before it sprouts.

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  • Specialist
  • Consumer Horticulture Extension
Last updated on
March 19, 2024