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Location: Richmond, VA - 7a
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I just realized I've got garlic and onions I ordered last fall and never planted. Should I plant them now or hold off until the fall or when?

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Hi Tim I would plant the garlic now. They should do fine just smaller bulbs at harvest. After harvest, if the individual cloves aren't to small, cure and store your it well and replant in the fall. Good Luck.
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Garlic does best when fall planted. Builds a good set of roots before frost puts it into dormancy.
Then in spring it begins growing bulbs.
By planting it in spring, you will get smaller bulbs...but just as tasty.

If it was a hard neck, I would say plant it now, as the hard necks are not great keepers.
Examine them.
If some are getting sad looking, plant them now and save the better ones for autumn planting.

I've never grown the 'tater onions (yet), but I have heard of people planting them early, or late.
Perhaps, the same game plan...those that look "iffy" go in now, the rest later.
I have heard that they DON'T do well in wet springs...can rot.

They're both pretty tough crops...can handle just about anything. Good luck.

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