Plant Care Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard

About Garlic Mustard

Alliaria petiolata, or Garlic Mustard, is an herbaceous, biennial, flowering plant in the mustard (Brassicaceae) family. It is native to Europe, western and central Asia, and Africa. It was introduced to North America as a culinary herb in 1860. It has become invasive in many states in the USA. In the wild, it is often found in damp hedgerows, edges of woods and shady places.


Alliaria petiolata

Also known as

Jack-by-the-hedge, Garlic root, Hedge garlic, Sauce-alone, Jack-in-the-bush, Penny hedge and Poor man's mustard

How to care for Garlic Mustard


How often to water your Garlic Mustard

Water needs for Garlic Mustard
0.5 cups
every 9

Garlic Mustard needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Garlic Mustard

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Garlic Mustard in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Garlic Mustard: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Garlic Mustard may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Garlic Mustard

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Garlic Mustard: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Garlic Mustard after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Garlic Mustard can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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