Society Garlic Plant Info

Society garlic is a beautiful and fragrant plant that can add color and flavor to your garden or home. It’s not real garlic, but it smells and tastes like one, which makes it an excellent substitute for the regular vegetable in cooking. The plant is also easy to grow and can handle various conditions and resist pests and diseases.

Tulbaghia violacea
Pink agapanthus
Wild garlic
Sweet garlic
Spring bulbs
Spring flowers
Purple Eye
Silver Lace
Variegata
Tricolor
Lilac, lavender, or pink blooms, but they may also be white or purple

Water

The plant needs moderate watering during the growing season, especially when it's hot and dry. Water deeply and infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. In winter, hydrate sparingly, only when the soil is very dry. Generally, it's best to water it once a week in summer and once a month in winter for outdoor plants, and once every 2 weeks in summer and once every 6 weeks in winter when growing indoors.

Sunlight

Place the plant in an area that receives at least 6 hours of sun per day to flower well. For indoor plants, a south-facing or west-facing window is ideal. If the light is too low, the plant may become leggy and produce fewer flowers. If the light is too intense, the plant may get sunburned or bleached. A light shade cloth or curtain can be used to filter the sunlight if needed.

Soil

Society garlic prefers well-drained loam or light sandy soil with a neutral pH. It can grow in moderately fertile soil that's rich in organic matter, but it can also adapt to poor or alkaline soil. If the soil is too heavy or clayey, you can amend it with compost, perlite, or sand to improve drainage. For indoor plants, a well-drained potting mix that contains perlite, vermiculite, or peat moss is recommended.

Fertilizer

When growing outdoors, you can apply a balanced fertilizer once or twice a year in spring and summer to boost growth and flowering. For indoor plants, a half-strength liquid fertilizer can be applied every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season.

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged leaves and flower stalks after they fade. This will keep the plant tidy and prevent seed formation. It's best to prune in late winter or early spring before new growth starts.

Propagation

Three simple methods: seed, division, or cuttings.

Thrives in

Warm and dry conditions, and can adapt to various soil types

Toxicity

Not toxic if used in small quantities

Pests & Diseases

Because its strong smell repels insects and animals, it's resistant to most pests and diseases. But, when grown indoors, it can suffer from aphids and spider mites.

Landscaping Ideas

Borders
Groundcover
Containers
Rock garden
Herb garden

Last Updated: September 8, 2023

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Nonkululeko
Nonkululeko
I'm an enthusiastic gardener. I learned the art of growing my own food using sustainable gardening techniques from my father, which I still find effective for healthy plant growth. Gardening has become one of my best hobbies ever since I realized its benefits beyond growing my own food. Through experimenting and connecting with nature, I've found gardening to be a therapeutic and relaxing practice.