Garlic mustard is among the most important invasive weeds of North American eastern deciduous forests. Investigations of the mechanisms that enable its success as an invader require a simple method to propagate this weed in the laboratory and the greenhouse; we develop such a method in this study. Cold treatment (24-h dark cycle; maximum 6 C, minimum −1 C) for at least 100 d on a moist organic mix, followed by incubation at temperatures approximating spring (maximum 15 C, minimum 6 C), results in close to 100% germination. The information presented here will be valuable in studies requiring a steady supply of garlic mustard plants for experimentation and for the mass rearing of biological control agents.
Nomenclature: Garlic mustard, Alliaria petiolata (M. Bieb.) Cavara & Grande.