Easy Clove Growing: Seed to Spice

Growing clove plants from cloves is a rewarding endeavor that requires patience and attention to detail. Follow this comprehensive guide to germinate clove seeds, plant them, and provide the necessary care for healthy growth and eventual harvesting of cloves.

Germinating Clove Seeds:

Materials Needed:

  • Clove seeds (fresh and healthy ones)
  • Small pots or seed trays
  • Well-draining potting soil
  • Plastic wrap or a transparent cover
  • Warm water


  1. Selecting Clove Seeds: Choose fresh, plump, and unbroken cloves for planting.
  2. Soaking the Seeds: Soak the clove seeds in warm water for 24 hours to soften the hard shell and aid germination.
  3. Preparation of Pots/Trays: Fill small pots or seed trays with well-draining potting soil, leaving space at the top for the seeds.
  4. Planting Clove Seeds: Plant the soaked clove seeds about 1 inch deep into the soil, spacing them evenly.
  5. Covering the Pots/Trays: Cover the pots or trays with plastic wrap or a transparent cover to create a greenhouse effect, retaining moisture and warmth.
  6. Maintaining Moisture and Warmth: Keep the soil consistently moist and place the pots or trays in a warm location with indirect sunlight.
  7. Germination Period: Clove seeds can take several weeks to sprout. Once sprouts emerge, remove the plastic covering and provide filtered sunlight.

Planting Clove Seedlings:

Materials Needed:

  • Larger pots with good drainage
  • Rich, well-draining potting mix
  • Fertilizer (balanced, slow-release, or organic)


  1. Transplanting: When clove seedlings have developed a few sets of true leaves and are sturdy enough, transplant them into larger pots filled with well-draining potting mix.
  2. Soil and Fertilization: Ensure the soil remains consistently moist. Fertilize sparingly with a balanced, slow-release, or organic fertilizer to support growth.

Caring for Clove Plants:

  • Light and Temperature: Clove plants thrive in warm, humid conditions with partial shade. Aim for temperatures between 60°F to 90°F (15°C to 32°C).
  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, watering when the top inch feels dry. Avoid waterlogging.
  • Humidity: Increase humidity by misting the plants regularly or using a humidifier.
  • Pruning: Prune occasionally to encourage bushy growth and remove dead or damaged parts.
  • Harvesting Cloves: Harvest cloves when they turn pink or reddish before fully opening. Dry them in a shaded, well-ventilated area.

By following these steps and providing proper care, you can successfully grow clove plants from cloves. Remember to be patient, as it may take several years for cloves to mature and produce viable harvests.

Barbara Livingston: Empowering Wellness Through Accessible Insights.