New Ways Of Growing Garlic Indoors

Last update: January 5, 2022

Can You Grow Garlic Indoors Year Round?

Yes, you can grow garlic indoors at any time of year as long as you have a space with the right conditions for it – it’s not all that difficult. Garlic grown this way is most often used for the green parts.

These are good in stir-fries, salads, and for adding to soups, among other things.

If you want to grow these garlic greens, just plant the bulbs, place them in a place where they’re sure to get sun and water them lightly. You should have green sprouts ready to harvest in around a week to ten days.

One important thing to note is that you should not let your cats or dogs eat the growing plants – garlic is toxic to them and even small amounts can seriously damage their red blood cells.

How Do You Grow An Endless Supply Of Garlic Indoors?


Growing garlic indoors

If you only want to grow the garlic greens, just plant some garlic cloves in a pot with the pointy ends facing upwards, put the pot in a place where they’re sure to get sun, and water them lightly. You should have green sprouts ready to harvest in around a week to ten days.

You can then cut them and use them as you like. If you want to have a continuous supply, however, you’ll need to keep planting more as you harvest. The garlic cloves won’t grow any more green shoots after you’ve harvested them.

Growing full garlic bulbs indoors is a bit harder as it takes up to 6 months and garlic does not develop into bulbs without a cold shock that typically comes from being outside in cold weather. However, if you want to do it, it can be done.

The first step is to keep the bulbs cold in your refrigerator for a few weeks before you plant them. After this, you’ll need to make sure they get a large amount of sunlight – at least 6 hours per day if you want them to grow well.

Artificial light isn’t an ideal substitute, so the sunlight really is important. This should result in bulbs you can harvest around 6 months after you plant them.

Note that there is a variety of garlic called softneck garlic and the rules for growing it indoors are a bit different. Softneck garlic doesn’t require the chilling period that regular garlic does, and so this makes it much more straightforward to grow indoors.

Photo by Amanda Clare licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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