Garlic Chive Blossom, Hutchinson farmhouse
garden, David MacTavish, September 12 2012.
|Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
about 1985. Available May 2016 in 4½" pots and
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"
Where to plant: In the ground
- In the
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
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.
Grab a small clump, and cut off
with scissors. Watch out for grass sneaking
Preserve: best used fresh.