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Almost all garlic is grown from individual cloves. You can start growing garlic simply by taking the biggest and healthiest looking cloves from an ordinary bulb of garlic and planting them.
So the big question is, "Why should you buy Seed Garlic?" The answer is quality. You can increase your chance of success by using the best cloves from the best bulbs.
Some issues to consider in choosing your seed garlic:
Garlic is grown from cloves with no pollination; a bulb of garlic is effectively a clone of the head from which the seed garlic was taken. This means that if the original bulb was prone to weaknesses then, the seed garlic will also be prone to these weaknesses. Commercial seed garlic is selected to avoid weak garlic whenever possible.
Another problem is disease. Because it is almost impossible to keep the home garden free of disease, you will after a few years have some minor degradation carry over from year to year in your seed for the following years. Starting out each season with fresh seed will give you a healthy crop of garlic for your cooking and eating needs.
Finally, buying seed garlic gives you the opportunity to try growing different varieties of garlic each year. Most grocery stores stock only one or two types of bulb and rarely tell you exactly which variety you're buying. If you use grocery store bought garlic as your seed stock, it is often difficult to be sure exactly what you are growing!
It is possible to grow great garlic in the home without buying Garlic Seed from a commercial Farm. However if you have been disappointed with your results, perhaps a small investment in some garlic known to be healthy and without disease would be a good way to kick-start your gardening.
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