Grow Garlic Using Plastic Bottles: A Step-by-Step Guide

Growing garlic sprouts can be an interesting gardening experiment, especially if you’re looking for an eco-friendly approach that reuses plastic bottles. Here’s a simple method to cultivate garlic sprouts using two different sized plastic bottles.


  • One 2-liter plastic bottle
  • One 5-liter plastic bottle
  • Garlic cloves
  • Water
  • Potting soil


Preparation of the 2-Liter Bottle:

  1. Take a 2-liter plastic bottle and make multiple holes around its body.
  2. Insert garlic cloves into these holes.
  3. Leave an untouched section at the bottom of the bottle, approximately 10 cm in height.
  4. Fill this bottom section with water.

Placement in Pot:

  1. Place the bottle in a pot filled with potting soil, ensuring that only the 10 cm section with water is buried in the soil.
  2. The section with the garlic cloves should remain above the soil.
  3. Make sure the bottle cap is removed.

Using the 5-Liter Bottle:

  1. Take the 5-liter bottle and cut off its base.
  2. Place it over the 2-liter bottle in the pot, acting as a greenhouse. Ensure the 5-liter bottle’s cap is closed to create a humid environment.

Watering and Waiting:

  1. Water the soil around the 2-liter bottle.
  2. Wait for approximately 7-10 days. Over this period, the garlic cloves will start to sprout.


  1. Once the garlic has sprouted sufficiently, you can transplant them into the soil for further growth.

By using this method, you’re not only recycling plastic bottles but also creating a mini greenhouse environment conducive for the garlic sprouts. It’s an easy and sustainable approach to gardening!

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