Plant Care 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 162 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.


Allium sativum

Also known as

Garlic sprouts and garlic plant

How to care for Garlic


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

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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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 🏡.


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.

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!

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Care Summary for Garlic



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 66 XP

very easy!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Ali avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 2,465 XP
globe Cave Creek, AZ

Forgot about some garlic in my pantry and it sprouted!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Thu avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 184 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA

he dyin rn he just sprouted

Browns easily Browns easily
Shrikeplants avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 44 XP
globe Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

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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