How to Soak Garlic Seed for Planting


Closely related to the onion, garlic is commonly used in cooking for its strong flavor as well as it's numerous health benefits. Many people use garlic for everything from managing cholesterol levels to fighting off acne and repelling mosquitoes. Before you plant garlic seeds into your garden, you may want to soak them first to help kill of any pests or diseases so you can have the best harvest of garlic possible. This process is simple and well worth the minimal time it takes.

Step 1

Place the seed garlic (cloves) into a large bucket.

Step 2

Pour a gallon of lukewarm to warm water over the seeds.

Step 3

Add a tbsp. each of baking soda, liquid seaweed and white vinegar to the water.

Step 4

Leave the seeds in the solution to soak overnight.

Step 5

Remove the seeds from the solution in the morning.

Step 6

Soak the seeds in rubbing alcohol for four to five minutes.

Step 7

Remove the seeds and wipe them off gently with a paper towel. This is best done outside as the smell can be quite strong.

Things You'll Need

  • Garlic seeds
  • Bucket
  • Baking soda
  • Liquid seaweed
  • White vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper towels


  • Garlic Central: Garlic Health Benefits
  • We Grow Garlic: Planting
  • Gourmet Garlic Gardens: Growing Gourmet Garlic
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Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination, and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.