Chilling Treatment for Spring-Planted Garlic
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Jay Robins
Posted on: April 26, 2007

This spring is the first time I’m going to plant garlic. It has to be chilled before planting: how long and at what temperature should it be chilled at?

The usual practice is to plant garlic in the fall. When this is done the bulbs naturally go through a cool period over the fall and winter months. When garlic is planted in the spring it is necessary to provide a cool treatment otherwise the plants may fail to form bulbs. Storing the bulbs in the fridge for 1-2 months before planting is usually sufficient. Garlic needs temperatures between 0 and 10 degrees Celsius (32-50 degrees Fahrenheit), so a fridge works just fine for this operation.

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