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GARLIC CHIVES GROWING INFORMATION
© Frances Michaels
BOTANICAL NAME: Allium tuberosum
syn A. odoratumi
Garlic chives; Chinese chives; kau tsoi
Perennial herb forming dense clumps with grass-like flat leaves rarely taller than 25 cm. Each bulb has 4
to 5 leaves. The leaves have a mild garlic flavour, are flat and about 0.5 cm wide. The blossom is a
flat-headed spray of star-shaped white flowers with a pleasant perfume. Chinese chives are easy to grow
and tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions.
the leaves are used chopped in sauces, soups, salads and as a garnish.
Add the chives only in the last few minutes of cooking, as they have a tendency to become stringy if
overcooked. The flower buds are also used as a garnish or in Asian cooking.
decorative edging plant for herb and vegetable gardens.
garlic chives are believed to be a companion plant for
roses and have a repellent effect on aphids.
Recommended Planting Time:
Sow seed in mid-spring, or divide clumps in spring
Cover the rhizomes with 2 cm of soil.
Plants should be spaced 20 cm apart.
To divide clumps, trim the tops, lift them, trim the roots
and separate the rhizomes. Each rhizome can then be replanted. Division every two years improves the vigour
of the clumps. Do not allow the plants to set seed unless you want to save seed as this will decrease the
vigour of the clump. Seed will only remain viable for one year.
Available as seed...
Not to NORFOLK ISLAND, NT, SA, TAS or WA
SORRY but due to quarantine restrictions between Australian States no plants at all can be ordered
by residents of Norfolk Island
. These restrictions are very important as they prevent
the spread of plant pests and diseases. No potatoes, garlic, shallots, strawberries or tubestock
can be sent to South Australia
. No tubestock can be sent to
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