Looking to plant some summer garlic but not sure what will happen? Let’s have a look and find out if you can plant garlic in July.
Can I Plant Garlic In July?
Common gardening wisdom states that garlic needs a cold spell in order to properly grow and therefore must be planted no later than February, but is this true?
It is both true and incorrect depending on how you interpret properly grow. You can plant garlic later than February and it will grow.
What happens though is that garlic that doesn’t experience a cold snap is unlikely to form separate cloves, as it is the cold that stresses the plant into doing this.
The garlic will still grow and can be eaten just fine, but instead of individual cloves, you end up with one large garlic bulb, sort of like a small onion that is garlic all the way through.
But What About July?
So this is all well and good and tells us that you can plant garlic in spring, but what about a summer planting?
Well, the truth is, I don’t know! So when I have a gardening question and no answer to hand there is only one thing to do, test it.
And that is exactly what I have done, I have planted some garlic cloves out in the garden in July.
Check back soon to see how this experiment gets on!