1. Pre-soak bath - Soak in water around 100°F for 30-45 minutes. This pre-warms the cloves so that the temperature of the hot- water bath is easier to maintain. Temperature doesn't have to be precise at this point.
4. Plant on the same day
or within a few days of treatment. Can be planted wet or air-dried. If planting later, keep in netted bags or spread on a drying rack until planting time. (If they dry out well they'll store for weeks.)
At WeeBee Farms we coat the cloves in Mycorrhizal powder (and RootShield Plus) right before planting to further combat the white rot disease we have found on our farm. We do this while the cloves are still moist, or if they've dried out we moisten them before coating in the powder.
|Keeping the thermometer upright|
We have been using this soak and powder method every year since 2012, with no loss of germination or size. In fact over all the garlic is larger and healthier since we started soaking. It seems to be very effective in reducing all types of diseases and pests including the white rot and stem bloat nematodes. We have had minor issues with mites after harvest and this soak also seems to minimize that issue as well. We plant around 15,000 cloves each year, and have grown garlic since 1996. The garlic fields are rotated every other year with cover crops planted in between.