I don't have some pots/room in the garden to plant elephant garlic into, so I was planning to plant in 5 gallon pots. What do you suggest I do to make them into pots, but can use them in the winter?


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You can drill some holes for drainage, and use potting mix so that it drains properly.

I planted some garlic into air pruning pots over the weekend to see how they'd go since my soil is very water logged at present. We've just short a few days of the shortest day of the year, the traditional time to plant garlic.

I'm guessing you're not in the southern hemisphere, so what season are you planting yours?

garlic in air pots

  • Drill some holes (2-4) in the bottom for drainage.
  • How are you going to make sure it gets enough light of the right type? Keep in mind most grow lights must be replaced every 6 months. They don't last forever with 12-16 hours of use every day.
  • In the cooler months in your house how will you control mold? I use this solution to water: 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 10-12 parts water. It works great.
  • how many holes? Others may need a grow light, but I have plenty of yard to spare, just not plenty of garden to plant elephant garlic. Jun 8, 2016 at 15:14
  • 2-4 holes in the bottom of each bucket is fine. Water will find the holes and drain out.
    – Bulrush
    Jun 8, 2016 at 16:25
  • Would you remove all your links about lighting. The question is about pots for outdoor garlic. Garlic needs to be wintered outside so that it forms bulbs correctly. Thanks, Jun 11, 2016 at 23:35

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