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How To Grow Garlic In Containers In Florida

by Idris Ya'u
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Garlic is mostly a fall and winter crop. While it prefers appropriate soil moisture, it is prone to mold and rot. Garlic may be grown successfully in Florida by planting at the appropriate time and selecting kinds that thrive in warm climes. It’s also crucial to cure the garlic correctly after harvesting it to ensure that it lasts.

Garlic And Hot Weather

Garlic developed in cold-weather regions. It, like other non-edible flowering bulbs like tulips and daffodils, requires a duration of a cold (vernalization) to bloom well.

Hardneck garlic, in particular, is cold hardy but does not thrive in hot regions, whereas softneck garlic can tolerate higher temperatures. Because garlic matures more quickly near hot springs, the bulbs are smaller.

Adjusting With The Environment

Garlic requires the proper day duration, growing temperatures, and a vernalization phase to produce large bulbs. Garlic requires a day duration of over 13 hours and a soil temperature of over 60°F (16°C) to bulb and ambient temperatures of at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius).

You can alter the environment by cooling the cloves in the refrigerator for 10 to 12 weeks and growing garlic in the fall, using mulch and shade to keep the soil cold.


Providing garlic with a chilly time increases the likelihood of a successful crop. To vernalize, the following steps are to be taken.

  1. Refrigerate the garlic on a small pan lined with paper towels.
  2. Garlic should not be stored in plastic because it increases condensation within the bag, which can cause the cloves to rot.
  3. In a relatively warm climate, keep the garlic for six to seven weeks, and in a tropical climate, keep it for ten to twelve weeks.

Best Garlic Varieties In Florida

The following are perfect varieties of garlic to grow in Florida.

Softneck garlic is a better choice for a Florida garden, especially at first, if you’re an expert gardener.

Thermadrone and Lorz Italian are two excellent options. For hotter climates, Georgian Crystal, Parvin, and Susanville were all produced.

Hardnecks, which evolved in Spain and can withstand more heat, belong to the Creole group. From this category, try Ajo Rojo and Creole Red. Vernalize the cloves and carefully control the atmosphere for all hard necks.

How To Grow Garlic In Florida

The following are ways to grow garlic in Florida:

  1. To produce good garlic, you need very fertile soil. Learn more about choosing a good garden spot here
  2. Before you plant, treat the soil with plenty of organic humus and a 15-10-10 fertilizer. Learn how to prepare a garden spot here
  3. Before the bulbs form, you want to have huge, healthy plants with many more leaves.
  4. Late in the fall, plant your vernalized bulbs one inch deep and six inches apart.
  5. Cover the ground with deep straw to keep it cool, then plant the garlic in the afternoon shade. Keep the plant well-watered.

Does Garlic Grow Well In Containers In Florida?

Garlic needs 100 to 120 days to mature before it can be harvested. If you plant in the late fall or early winter, you’ll be able to harvest in April.

Does Garlic Grow Well In Containers In Florida?

Garlic grown in pots has a fresh-picked flavor and produces the strongest bulbs ever. You’ll need a pot that’s at least 6 inches (15 cm) deep and drains well. The container must also be large enough to leave 6 inches of space (15 cm.)

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Further Reading

  1. Production and economic specificities in growing of different garlic varieties, RESEARCHGATE JOURNAL
  2. Variation in Morphological and Quality Parameters in Garlic (Allium sativum L.) Bulb Influenced by Different Photoperiod, Temperature, Sowing and Harvesting Time, NCBI JOURNAL
  3. Influence of Different Photoperiod and Temperature Regimes on Growth and Bulb Quality of Garlic (Allium sativum L.) Cultivars, MDPI

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