Hutchinson Farm Herb Guide
Garlic Chives
Garlic Chive Blossom
Photo:  Garlic Chive Blossom, Hutchinson farmhouse garden, David MacTavish, September 12 2012.
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since about 1985. Available May 2018 in 4" pots and planters.

  • Description
    Allium tuberosum (also called Chinese chives, Oriental garlic, Chinese leek, or by the Chinese name kow choi)
    Winter Hardiness: perennial
    Light Requirements: Sun, part sun
    Height: 12 - 20"
    Habit: Upright
    Where to plant: In the ground

  • In the Garden
    Chives thrive in almost any location, with no effort required by the gardener. Once planted, the clumps of chives will gradually expand each year. These chives also also spread by self seeding (you've been warned), and will continue to grow through-out the season. The white flowers of garlic chives, will appear mid-summer, and bloom until frost, providing visual beauty to the garden. Chives are often planted to ward off pests. Cut off all blossoms in early September to prevent self seeding.

  • In the Kitchen
    Garlic chives have a very mild garlic flavour, and may be used as a substitute to regular clove garlic, especially if regular garlic is too potent for your pallet. Often used in Asian cuisines.

  • Harvest
    Grab a small clump, and cut off with scissors. Watch out for grass sneaking in!
    Preserve: best used fresh.