This popular perennial herb is also known as Chinese leeks, are very easy to grow, make great companion plants because of their repelling aroma and are great to have in at least one spot in your garden. Their flat, tender leaves have a mild oniony-garlic flavor, and their delicate, edible white flowers make it a great border plant. Although garlic chives look like common chives, their leaves are much flatter, greener, and stand taller.
Days to Maturity: 90 days
Plant size: 12-15" tall
Plant spacing: Plant bunches 4-6” apart
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Chives prefer full sun to partial shade in rich, well-draining soil. Keep the soil moist but not soaked by watering consistently, especially during dry spells.
Harvesting: Individual leaves can be harvested once your plant has become established and can be harvested up until the flowering cycle begins. Cut the leaves close to the base of the pant. The more often you harvest the leaves and flowers, the more they will grow. You can use the leaves fresh or dry them.
Culinary: Chives are a delicious addition to stir-fries and soups and are very common in Asian cuisine. The flowers are edible and can be used as a garnish on salads, dips, sauces, soups, stir-fries, and pizza. Yum!
Nutrients: Although used in a smaller portion, chives share similar benefits to garlic and chives, providing vitamins, and other medicinal benefits.
Special considerations: Like bunching onions, mature plants can be dug up, divided, and placed in different areas in your garden to be harvested for years to come!
Companion planting: Plant your chives near berries, carrots, roses, tomatoes, parsley, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, mustard, peppers, potatoes, rhubarb, squash, strawberries, beets, and kohlrabi. Keep away from asparagus, beans, peas, and spinach. Garlic chives will improve the flavor and growth of companions while deterring aphids and Japanese beetles.
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.