[Market-farming] Treating Garlic Seed

Nan Hildreth NanHildreth at riseup.net
Thu Oct 7 14:09:09 EDT 2010

Sorry, my mistake.  He soak whole clove in rubbing alcohol or 100 
proof vodka for 3 to 5 minutes and then plant immediately.

Details of his advice. :

We soak the cloves for 15 to 30 minutes in a solution containing 
liquid seaweed and some liquid humate if you have it available at the 
rate of one tablespoon each per gallon of water. If there is any hint 
of that black, sooty powder that often plagues garlic, we add a 
tablespoon of baking soda to inhibit fungal growth. It seems to give 
our garlic a good boost. If you have some garlic that doesn't look or 
smell right and you suspect there's something wrong with it but you 
insist on planting it anyway, you might try soaking it for 5 minutes 
or so in rubbing alcohol. Alcohol seems to help overcome a great many 
problems. For long term soil health, it is best not to plant anything 
but healthy cloves.http://www.gourmetgarlicgardens.com/wwinter.htm

The night before your soil is ready to plant, break bulbs apart into 
cloves and soak the separated cloves overnight in water containing 
one heaping tablespoon of baking soda per gallon (also adding a TBSP 
of liquid seaweed, would be even better) or until clove covers loosen 
around the cloves (about 16 hours). Just before planting, remove the 
cloves from the water, drain and dip the cloves in a dish of rubbing 
alcohol for 3 to 5 minutes, long enough for the alcohol to penetrate 
the clove covers, and plant 
immediately.  http://www.gourmetgarlicgardens.com/growinst.htm

I then soak it in alcohol for a few minutes just before planting to 
try to kill any unseen hitchhikers, like mites, stowing away between 
the wrappers. One of the reasons to soal the garlic so long is to 
loosen the clove covers so that the alcohol can penetrate the clove 
covers and kill any mites lurking inside the clove covers.

If you plant garlic cloves that already have adult mites in them, 
tucked in between the clove and the clove covers, they will eat the 
surface layers of the cloves, they or their eggs will survive the 
winter and reproduce all spring long and your next years crop will 
perish. The best way I know of to deal with this problem is to soak 
the seperated cloves in water overnight to loosen up the clove covers 
and then soak the cloves for a few minutes in alcohol to kill the 
adult mites at planting time. I don't know if the alcohol soaking 
kills any eggs that may be present or not. In my experience, 
contaminated garlic soaked like this does much better than 
contaminated garlic not soaked.

These precautions may not get everything, but from my experiences and 
experiments, they help a lot. For a few years during the 90s, I tried 
various different preplanting soaking solutions and compared them to 
cloves from the same bulbs that had no special treatment, just 
planted. In every case, the treated cloves out-performed the 
untreated ones in that they were larger and healthier. The ones that 
did the best were the ones that had the most ingredients in the 
soakings. The ones that were best among the ones that receives only a 
single soaking were the ones soaked in alcohol. In another 
interesting observation, some cloves were completely peeled while 
others were left intact and they received the same soakings as the 
others and in almost every case, the bare naked cloves out performed 
the intact ones, from which I infer the presence of pathogens or 
pests in the clove covers - but who has time to peel all those cloves?


At 12:09 PM 10/7/2010, stonecirclefarm tds.net wrote:
>Why only the base, I wonder?
>On Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 11:03 AM, Nan Hildreth 
><<mailto:NanHildreth at riseup.net>NanHildreth at riseup.net> wrote:
>Dip the base of each bulb in alcohol just before planting says 
>Gourmet Garlic Gardens, a Texas seed supplier.
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