Expert Tips for Storing Garlic to Plant in the Next Year

Garlic is an essential ingredient in many dishes around the world. Not only does it add flavor and depth to your meals, but it also provides numerous health benefits. If you’re a fan of garlic, why not grow your own? Planting garlic is easy, but you need to know how to store garlic bulbs properly if you want them to sprout again next year. In this blog post, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about storing garlic for planting.

Why Store Garlic Bulbs?

Storing garlic bulbs correctly is crucial if you want successful plantings next year. Freshly harvested garlic bulbs are usually planted in the fall and grown over winter until they mature in spring or early summer.

To ensure that your stored garlic cloves are healthy enough for planting, proper storage conditions must be provided so they can remain dormant until planting time arrives.

How To Store Garlic For Planting

Here’s what you need to do when storing garlic bulbs for replanting:

Select Healthy Seed Garlic

First things first—choose high-quality seed stock as starting material. Select plump heads that have no blemishes or soft spots. Avoid using grocery store-bought cloves because they may carry diseases or come from non-viable varieties.

Cure The Harvested Garlic

After harvesting your crop in late summer or early fall (when the bottom leaves start turning yellow), gently brush off any dirt on the bulbs without peeling them; then let them dry out under shaded but well-ventilated conditions for two weeks—the ideal curing temperature range is 60-80°F with humidity levels between 60-70%.

Make sure there’s enough space between each bulb so that air can circulate freely around them during drying.

This process toughens up their protective skins and rids excess moisture which inhibits mold growth during storage. It is crucial to complete this step before storing them for replanting to ensure a successful planting season next year.

Prepare The Garlic Bulbs For Storage

After curing the garlic, remove any excess dirt or debris on the bulbs, but do not wash. Trim off roots and stems, leaving about an inch of each attached to the cloves.

Next, separate your garlic heads into individual cloves carefully without damaging them; leave their skins intact, as they help preserve moisture content and prevent drying out during storage. Discard any damaged or crushed bulbs since they can’t produce healthy plants.

Packaging And Storing Garlic

Now that you have separated your garlic into individual cloves pack them in suitable containers such as mesh bags or paper bags with holes punched in them for air circulation.

Be sure to label each container indicating the variety name if there are multiple strains. Store your seed stock at a consistent temperature between 35-45°F (2-7°C) and around 65% humidity levels such conditions can be provided by using a fridge crisper drawer or root cellar pantry shelves away from direct sunlight.

Final Thoughts

Storing garlic bulbs correctly is essential if you want successful plantings next year. Curing harvested bulbs first before separating seeds will increase your chances of successful sprouting come fall planting time.
Once stored properly at low temperatures with enough air circulation and moisture retention capabilities provided via proper packaging methods like mesh/paper bags labeled varieties maintained within consistent cold temperatures between 35-45°F together with maintaining ideal humidity levels around 65%, growing new crops from last years’ harvest will be possible!

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