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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Apparently you can start garlic by separating the cloves and half-submerging them in a clear plastic cup on the windowsill. Might try that, and plant outside once they've started. I hear that winter and autumn is the time to start with garlic.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

This is absolutely true.

I grow garlic often. Each individual clove will grow a complete "fist" of a garlic with many cloves. Garlic likes cool weather and loamy soil.

You will get bigger garlics if you plant the large cloves instead of the small. The small taste just as good too.

One year I had so many plants, I had to do that braiding thing with the leaves to dry them.

The garlic is ready to harvest when it has grown and then the plant begins to wilt near the soil; it becomes flexible rather than stiff.

I just plant the cloves root end down in the soil. Water and they take off.

The soil should be moist, not wet.

In some areas, garlic can be grown two crops a year. Mild winters allow planting early for the first season and again after the summer heat has subsided.

Most pests naturally ignore garlic and onions.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Don't believe everything you saw in that video but yes, as jovianpyx already confirmed you can grow garlic from cloves.
I don't think there is any need for rooting in water first as mine usually sprout by themselves if I leave them too long anyway.
But it should work as it provides moist air which will stimulate root growth. I would not place them IN the water though just
above it. Putting them in damp perlite will probably work even better.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Here's another one of my houseplants I haven't shown before, although it has made a background appearance in some Moon Base studio pics.
It's a Dracaena fragrans massangeana and it's one of the plants I've had the longest apart from some cacti. I am not exactly sure when I got it but
I am pretty sure it is >10 years ago now. When I originally got it it had 2 side shoots coming from the big stem but in the time that I had it I
managed to almost kill it twice due to overwatering to the point it lost all its leaves, otherwise it would have probably been bigger by now.

It's doing great now though and the largest leaves are about 60cm in length. There are some brown tips on the lower leaves which can be
a sign of overwatering but I think that is because of low humidity. It only gets light from one direction so the leaves are all growing to that side.
It's still attached to the main stem and I think it might be possible to remove it but it helps with stabilizing it. It was time to water it again and I also
gave it a shower so a good opportunity to take some sexy photos.


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