Growing garlic in Minnesota

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Growing garlic in Minnesota

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Garlic (Allium sativum L.), a member of the onion family, has been cultivated for thousands of years and is widely used for both its culinary and medicinal attributes. As Americans have become more accustomed to garlic flavor and knowledgeable about the many health benefits of eating garlic, popularity of this crop has increased. Most garlic in the U.S. is grown in the mild climate of northern California. Varieties adapted to mild climates and then grown in cold climates often do not perform well and usually develop a very "hot" flavor. Garlic is an adaptable species, however, and varieties have been selected that grow well in cold climates, often with better garlic flavor than the varieties grown in mild climates. This publication provides guidelines for growing garlic in cold climates. The major areas addressed include variety selection, soils, cultural practices, pest management, harvesting, and storage.


Includes sources for seed and additional reading recommendations. This archival publication may not reflect current scientific knowledge or recommendations. Current information available from the University of Minnesota Extension:

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Rosen, Carl; Becker, Roger; Fritz, Vincent A.; Hutchinson, Bill; Percich, Jim; Tong, Cindy; Wright, Jerry. (2016). Growing garlic in Minnesota. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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