Roses Love Garlic: Here’s Why
Garlic protects roses from bugs and it can help prevent fungal diseases like blackspot. Plant garlic around the base of your rose bushes.
Our editors and experts handpick every product we feature. We may earn a commission from your purchases.
Grow Garlic With Your Roses
Pairing roses with garlic doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven, does it? But it really is! Garlic protect roses from not only bad bugs—it can also help prevent fungal diseases.
Aphids DON’T love garlic – in fact, they hate it! Ants and snails aren’t huge fans of garlic either. In addition, studies show that garlic has anti-fungal properties, which helps keep fungal diseases like blackspot at bay.
Learn how to prune roses for winter and how to choose the best roses for your garden.
When and How to Plant Garlic
Even if your roses are done blooming for the season, fall is the time to plant garlic next to them. Planting garlic is very easy. You can get your garlic from the produce section at your local grocery store. Roses don’t care about fancy varieties of garlic. Psst—did you know that roses are the June Birth Flower?
Simply separate the the individual cloves and space 4 inches apart, about 1 foot from the base of your rose bush. Dig a 1 1/2 inch deep hole (I use a regular spoon for this) and plant the cloves with the pointed part pointing upward. That’s it! I told you it was easy.
This Rugosa rose deserves lots of love. Plus, learn about Knock Out roses — a gardener’s dream come true.
Soon your garlic will send up green shoots. The shoots will stay green in warm-winter areas and die back to the ground in cold areas. Don’t worry, the cloves will quickly send up new shoots in spring.
‘Citrus Splash’ is the gorgeous multicolored rose you need in your garden.
How to Harvest Garlic
Harvest your garlic in late spring or summer once the green leaves start to turn brown. You can even use the garlic for cooking after it has ‘cured’ (or hung up and dried) for a few weeks. Note: Only use your homegrown garlic for cooking as long as you have NOT treated your roses with any pesticides (other then insecticidal soap, which is OK).
We found 15 pretty rose gifts for rose lovers.
Benefits of Growing Garlic and Roses Together
Besides helping to keep aphids away, and fungal diseases away, garlic is said to increase the fragrance of roses, according to The Herb Society of America. That might sound counterintuitive because garlic is known for its strong scent but it’s worth a try!
So, next time you head out to the grocery store, grab some garlic and plant the cloves around your roses. These plants really are the perfect match.
Next, discover 8 surprising facts about roses.