Curing, Trimming and Selecting Garlic for Replanting


Hanging Clusters Of Drying Garlic

Curing garlic in bunches hanging from the ceiling. Photo by Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

After  you’ve harvested, you’ll need to cure your garlic and trim it. If you want to save your own seed stock, rather than buying new, I’ll tell you how to do that.

Author’s note: See Garlic drying and curing methods on my website, for more about signs of garlic maturity, harvesting garlic and more photos. See Everything You Need to Know About Garlic for caring for garlic the rest of the year.

Garlic-Curing Methods

Cure your garlic for 3 to 6 weeks or even longer, with fans if the humidity is high. Don’t set the fans too close to the garlic — your goal is to improve the air flow, not blast the bulbs and shrivel them up. The key is to dry down the necks. Leaving the roots and the leaves attached till after curing helps the drying-down process.

Bundling. Growers of small amounts of garlic — or complicated harvests of relatively small amounts from many varieties — sometimes tie the garlic plants in bundles and hang them from nails or hooks in beams. This method takes a lot of twine, and can be slow.

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