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Moving Garlic after it has sprouted

 
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I planted some great garlic last fall and it's starting to come up now, problem is that we've sold the house and it changes hands on June 8th. I'd rather not lose the garlic as I just spent $80 on it with the intent of getting myself and my family off the imported crap.

I checked the garden yesterday and the bulbs have rooted and sprouted already... Not sure what to do now, should I wait and harvest at the last minute? Thoughts?
 
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I think they will transplant just fine, I would pot them up now to move to the new location.

 
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use some larger boxes and save as much soil around the roots as you can, you should be able to move it fine...it might keep right in the boxes if you have enough soil.
 
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I agree...take the soil along with the plant. Buckets/boxes/tubs/pots...all sorts of options for housing the plants.

 
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Definitely, you should have no problem. I bought presprouted garlic in a flat from my local nursery this year. It took them about a month or thereabouts to completely settle in, but they are very happy now. Transplanting didn't seem to phase them at all, though it probably slowed the growth temporarily, since the nursery potting soil is very different from my alkaline clay loam. Alliums tend to be vigorous once they adapt to the local soil.
I have shallots that sat and sulked for two years (did a little better the 2nd year) until I moved them by chance to a spot they liked. Since then, wow. I just divided the row a couple weeks ago. I got five rows out of it, and might have gotten six if I had been less cautious of breakage, which is generally deadly since my climate is dry, and tends towards downright hot, even this early in the year.
Ah, just saw the post date. You've probably already moved by now. Good luck with your garlic.
 
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Ed Johnson wrote:I planted some great garlic last fall and it's starting to come up now, problem is that we've sold the house and it changes hands on June 8th. I'd rather not lose the garlic as I just spent $80 on it with the intent of getting myself and my family off the imported crap.

I checked the garden yesterday and the bulbs have rooted and sprouted already... Not sure what to do now, should I wait and harvest at the last minute? Thoughts?



I had a stray garlic sprout in the yard, outside of the veggie beds this spring(no idea how it got there though). I dug it up(not ripped it out of the ground) and put it in the herb bed. It did get a lot of water(rain and hose) and it is doing fine. Like Tyler said, pot them for transportation.
 
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