What went wrong?? Garlic edition.
April 5, 2014 12:42 PM Subscribe
I planted garlic in pots on my windowsill 4-5 months ago. All was going well until a few weeks ago when the greens stopped appearing. Having never grown garlic before, I didn't worry too much, thinking this was a part of the process and that maybe bulbs were forming beneath the dirt. Today, I went to water the garlic and it fell right over... basically showing me a minuscule garlic bulb with no root system. I am completely confused. Please help me figure out what went wrong so I do this right the next time!
posted by AthenaPolias to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
More details, for the gardeners among us (I have a black thumb with some greenish bits).
I planted two garlic cloves in pots about 5" wide and 4" deep. One was ceramic, another clear plastic, and as both grew in the same manner I could keep an eye on the roots of the one in the clear plastic container and see that each had grown nice, large, strong root systems. I had garlic shoots within a few weeks, which I adored clipping to cook with (how did I go this long in life without knowing how delicious these are??). A few weeks ago - maybe 4ish months into the growing process? - only the parchment-like outer shoots remained and I lost any greens. I didn't think much of this since I could still see roots in one, figuring this was just a phase in the growing process. I kept watering - every 4ish days, or whenever I could see the soil was getting too dry. I didn't keep the plants over watered, and they seemed plenty thirsty.
Today, I noticed one was flopping around its container (when prodded, obviously, not of its own accord) like no live plant should do, so I poked my finger into the soil to see what was up and the whole thing just fell over. Same with the second plant. Both have a tiny, tiny proto-garlic bulb, about 1cm square, connected to no roots. So, clearly, my garlic experiment has failed.
Help me figure this out so I can increase the green bits in my black thumb and keep more home-grown garlic shoots (and eventual bulbs) in my life. I don't want to go back!