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How Much Seed Garlic Do I Need?

Determine how much garlic you need to plant to feed your family.


At Sow True Seed, we sell garlic in half pounds and pounds. And probably the most common question we get is, "How do I calculate the right amount of garlic for me?" It's different for everyone- but let's get into it. 

First, figure out how many bulbs or pounds of garlic you would like to harvest. Are you a garlic fanatic eating a bulb a day, or a week or a month? Do your children snack on garlic cloves? Do you cook everything with garlic?

On average, one pound of seed garlic will plant 20-25 row feet of garlic when planted with 6″ between cloves. Hardneck and softneck garlic bulbs have different sized cloves, so it differs a little based on what you are planting.

Each pound of hardneck seed garlic has from 35-50 cloves.  As each clove grows into its own plant and bulb of garlic, each pound will yield 35-50 garlic bulbs (approx 4-7 pounds).

Each pound of softneck garlic seed has from 50-70 cloves, as softnecks have more cloves per bulb than hardnecks. This will yield 50-70 garlic bulbs or approx 6-10 pounds.

So, with a little bit of math and that information- you should be able to solve the puzzle! But, as always, if you have any questions please reach out

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Article Written by: Angie Lavezzo

About the Author: Angie Lavezzo is the former general manager of Sow True Seed. Beyond her professional role at Sow True, Angie's passion for gardening extends into personal hands-on experience, fostering plants and reaping bountiful harvests.