Garlic Chives Seeds – Herbs & Microgreens
Common Names: Garlic chives, Chinese chives, kau tsoi
Botanical Name: Allium tuberosum
What are Garlic Chives?
Garlic chives, scientifically known as Allium tuberosum, are perennial herbs that form dense clumps of grass-like leaves, typically reaching a maximum height of 25 cm. Each bulb yields 4 to 5 leaves and are flat, measuring approximately 0.5 cm in width.
These herbs produce flat-headed sprays of star-shaped white flowers with a subtle, sweet scent. Chinese chives are not only easy to cultivate but adaptable to a variety of soil conditions.
Unlike garlic or onion, garlic chives do not have an edible bulb. Instead, the edible parts include its flat leaves and white flowers. The flavour is milder than regular garlic, making it a popular choice for egg & fish dishes. Chop the leaves up finely and add to sauces, soups, salads, stir-fries or use as a garnish. Add chives during the last part of your cooking, as overcooking may cause them to become fibrous. The flower buds are edible and can be used as a garnish or added to Asian cuisine.
Garlic chives are a pretty, decorative edging plant that complements herb and vegetable gardens. The petite, white, star-shaped flowers suit cottage or traditional garden.
Garlic chives are good companion plants to roses as they help deter aphids and other unwanted pests. They attract beneficial bees and insects to your garden.
Recommended Planting Time
The optimal times for sowing seeds is in mid-spring, or alternatively, you can divide existing clumps during the spring or autumn seasons.
When planting, cover the rhizomes with approximately 2 cm of soil.
To divide clumps, trim the tops of the chives, gently lift the clumps, trim the roots, and separate the rhizomes. Rhizomes are able to be replanted. Regular division, preferably every two years, will enhance the vigor of the chump. Avoid allowing the plants to set seed unless you intend to save seeds, as this can reduce the clump’s vigor.