Garlic Chives

$3.25

A lovely perennial that is much loved by pollinators, especially honeybees. At about 24″ tall, it blooms in mid-late season and is a wonderful addition to the herb garden or the perennial border.

Purchase 10 or more and each seed packet is only $3/each (don’t need to be the same variety).

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Description

A lovely perennial that is much loved by pollinators, especially honeybees. At about 24″ tall, it blooms in mid-late season and is a wonderful addition to the herb garden or the perennial border. I searched for these for a while before finding a small plant locally. After lanquishing in its location, I moved it and it thrived in its new spot in the main vegetable garden. In one season it doubled in size and doubled again the following year. Blooms are white and round, like most alliums. It is showy enough that it could be used in a perennial border. 10 seeds per pack, fresh seed, collected fall of 2017. Allium seed do not store, plant within a few months.

LATIN NAME
Allium tuberosum

DAYS TO GERMINATION:
7-14 days.

SOWING:
Direct seed: In spring, sow 1/4″ deep as soon as the soil warms up. Place 4-6 seeds every 6″ or 1-2 seeds per inch. Thin to 2-3 plants every 2-8″. Keep free of weeds.
Transplant: Start seeds in flats 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Sow several seeds per plug, thinning to 3-4 seedlings per plug. Transplant seedling clusters 2-8″ apart in rows 18″ apart.

LIGHT PREFERENCE:
Sun/Part Shade.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS:
A fairly rich soil that is high in humus.

PLANT HEIGHT:
12-18″

PLANT SPACING:
2-8″

HARDINESS ZONES:
Zones 4-9

HARVEST:
Individual leaves may be harvested once the plants are established. Harvest leaves before flowering begins. Leaves can be harvested 3-4 times per year, cut at ground level.

Leaves may be used fresh or dried. To dry, cut bundles into 1/4- 1/2″ lengths. Spread one layer on a screen, allowing for air circulation. Place in a well-ventilated location out of direct sunlight. Stir periodically while drying.

Note:
Mature chive clumps should be divided every 3 to 4 years.

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