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How to Grow Garlic Indoors

Follow these easy steps and you'll have a delicious seasoning within a couple of weeks, and full grown heads of garlic in a couple of months.


  • Step 1: Buy a garlic head Purchase a head of garlic from your local grocery store or nursery. Larger heads work best for growing indoors.
  • Step 2: Fill pot with soil Fill a large pot with enriched potting soil. Break the head of garlic apart, but don't peel the cloves. Plant several cloves at least six inches apart and two to three inches deep in the soil.
  • Step 3: Place pot in sunlight Place the pot in an area that gets plenty of direct sunlight.
  • Step 4: Maintain your cloves Water your cloves every few days over the next two weeks, but be careful not to overwater. If the soil feels dry to the touch, water is needed.
  • Step 5: Let garlic mature Garlic typically takes between three and six months to mature, depending on the variety. You will know your garlic is mature when its flowers begin deteriorating and the top of the plant turns yellow.
  • TIP: When you purchase your garlic, note its name and search online or ask a gardening expert to find out how long that variety takes to mature.
  • Step 6: Harvest the garlic Harvest the garlic when it's ready. You can begin as soon as you see shoots, which have plenty of flavor on their own, or you can wait until you see bulbs, or until the tops of the bulbs begin to dry. Use a fork or a pair of scissors to harvest the cloves so you don't damage the plant itself.
  • Step 7: Hang the garlic To store the garlic, hang it in a dry, well-ventilated area.
  • FACT: Bram Stoker popularized the use of garlic to repel vampires in his 1897 novel "Dracula."

You Will Need

  • Garlic head
  • Large pot
  • Potting soil
  • Watering can
  • Fork or scissors

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