Garlic Chives or Chinese Chives - Allium tuberosum
1/8 teaspoon of open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
Allium tuberosum is a hardy perennial and very easy to grow. Grow these plants in full sun in well drained soil. Garlic chives flower towards the end of the summer and shouldn't be restricted to the herb garden. Grow these mixed in with your other perennial plants and add the flowers to your cut flowers. The florets of garlic chives are petite, white and star-shaped, appearing in loose bunches. These plants are also perfect for containers. Plants grow to around 60cm. The the flavour is a mild garlic taste. Companion planting, plant garlic chives with carrots; this improves the carrots' flavour and production.
You can either direct sow the seeds or sow seeds into pots after the last frost in spring. Seeds are sown around 1cm and covered with soil. Keep the soil most but not wet. Germination will occur around 14 days. If you have started your plants in pots, plant out when they are around 10cm in height.
Culinary note: flowers are edible.