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Chinese chives

Allium tuberosum

Garlic chives, Chinese leek, Oriental garlic, Asian chives (Eng.), Knoffel grasuie (Afr.)

Chinese chives are easy to grow, spread easily and grow quickly. In warmer areas, garlic chives stay green year round and in cold areas, leaves and stalks will completely die back and re-sprout in the spring. They can be grown as ornamental plants, culinary herbs, medicinal plants, and pest repellants. Chinese chives have a taste similar to garlic.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Cut the leaves with scissors starting with outer leaves, working inwards. Leave 5 cm of leaves remaining. Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed.

Propagation

Seed
Sow indoors in Spring, transplant when they 10 cm high. Sow outdoors in early Summer, 0.5 cm deep and 15-30 cm apart. Germination takes 7-14 days.
Division
Divide clumps yearly.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
The flowers attracts bees and butterflies
Repels harmful insects
Repels aphids, mosquitoes, carrot flies and tomato pests

Geography

Origin
Asia
Natural climate
Mediterranean and Sub-tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
Roots, stems, leaves, bulbs, flowers, and seeds are edible
Notes
Ornamental. Culinary Herb. Medicinal. Moth repellant.

Personality

Family
Amaryllidaceae
Flower colour
White/Near White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Deter most insects including aphids, mosquitoes, carrot flies and tomato pests. Also useful against, moles, mice, slugs, and weevils.

Companion plants

Bad companion for Alfalfa
Alfalfa
Alfalfa
Medicago sativa

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