Chives Garlic



Growing garlic chives, also known as Allium tuberosum or Chinese chives, is quite similar to growing regular chives. Here’s how you can grow garlic chives successfully:

  1. Climate and Location: Garlic chives thrive in full sun to partial shade. They prefer well-drained soil with good fertility. They are generally hardy and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but they grow best in USDA hardiness zones 4-9.
  2. Soil Preparation: Prepare the soil by loosening it to a depth of 6-8 inches and removing any weeds or debris. Garlic chives prefer fertile, moist, and well-draining soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. Incorporate organic matter such as compost or aged manure into the soil to improve fertility and texture.
  3. Planting: Garlic chives can be grown from seeds, divisions, or transplants. If starting from seeds, sow them directly into the garden in early spring after the last frost date, or start them indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Plant the seeds about 1/4 inch deep and keep the soil consistently moist until germination, which typically takes 7-14 days. Space the plants about 6-12 inches apart.
  4. Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist, especially during dry periods. Water the plants deeply when the soil feels dry to the touch, but avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.
  5. Fertilization: Garlic chives are not heavy feeders but will benefit from a light application of balanced fertilizer in early spring. Avoid excessive nitrogen, as it can promote lush foliage growth at the expense of flavor.
  6. Maintenance: Garlic chives are relatively low-maintenance plants. Remove any weeds that may compete with the plants for nutrients and water. Deadhead flowers to prevent self-seeding, as garlic chives can become invasive in some areas.
  7. Harvesting: Harvest garlic chives by cutting the leaves with scissors or pruning shears as needed, leaving some foliage on the plant to continue growing. The leaves can be harvested throughout the growing season and used fresh or dried for culinary purposes. Avoid harvesting more than one-third of the plant at a time to allow for regrowth.
  8. Pests and Diseases: Garlic chives are relatively pest and disease-resistant. However, they may occasionally be affected by aphids, thrips, or onion maggots. Monitor the plants regularly and treat any infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

By following these tips, you can successfully grow garlic chives and enjoy their delicate garlic flavor in various culinary dishes. They are perfect for adding a mild garlic flavor to salads, soups, stir-fries, and more.


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