Plant Care Garlic

Garlic

4.7 out of 5 (11 experiences)

Garlic has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Garlic has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Garlic

Garlic is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as a fast grower and being a survivor with a whopping 336 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Garlic likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Garlic belongs to the Allium genus, and is native to Asia and Iran.

⚠️ Garlic is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Taxonomy

Allium sativum
Allium
Amaryllidaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Garlic sprouts and garlic plant

How to care for Garlic

💦 Water

How often to water your Garlic

Water needs for Garlic
0.5 cups
every 9

Garlic 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

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Garlic in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Garlic: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Garlic love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Garlic does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Garlic in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Garlic

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Garlic: 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 after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Garlic is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Garlic →

Common Garlic Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Garlic prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Garlic Water Frequency →

Garlic Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Garlic requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Garlic Light Requirements →

Garlic Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Garlic is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

Garlic doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Garlic Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Garlic does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Garlic →


💩 Fertilizer

Garlic should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Garlic is native to the Northern Hemisphere, South America, and Africa.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Garlic grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Garlic →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Garlic can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Garlic Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Garlic can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Garlic →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Garlic

Garlic

Garlic


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Garlic has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 9
Garlic has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 7
Garlic has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 6
Garlic has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Garlic has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@RightlyRedsage avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 66 XP
03/03/2022

very easy!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@ali avatar
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leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 2,587 XP
globe Cave Creek, AZ
01/19/2022

Forgot about some garlic in my pantry and it sprouted!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@thu avatar
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leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 184 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA
09/05/2021

he dyin rn he just sprouted

Browns easily Browns easily
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@@shrikeplants
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 44 XP
globe Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
03/05/2021

Incredibly fast grower! I had some garlic cloves in my kitchen I forgot about and noticed they were sprouting, planted them, and within a few days they had grown 5 inches. I've had it for about a week or two and it's so tall now! Highly recommend

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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