Seeds - Chives, Garlic OG
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Description: Delicious garlic-flavoured variation on the classic chive. Flat leaves, white flowers, and late-summer bloom-time distinguish garlic chives from the purple garden variety. Beautiful white star-shaped flower clusters are a pleasant surprise in late August - very ornamental! Not invasive.
Pack Size: 1/32 ounce
Latin Name: Allium tuberopsum
Alternative Names: Chinese Chives
Main Uses: Culinary
Zone Hardiness: Zone 3 - has always survived in the gardens at SGH!
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 45 cm (18 inches)
Flower Color: White
Flowering Time: August
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination Instructions: Germination: 7 - 21 days at 21°C.
Pre-treatment: Store in refrigerator until ready to sow, which speeds germination.
Sowing: Indoors 8 - 10 weeks before last frost. Sow 4 - 8 seeds per cell. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant. Can be direct-seeded outdoors in September for germination the following spring.
Planting Depth: Lightly-covered.
Planting Out: Plant in well-drained fertile soil (garden or container) once seedlings are established and risk of frost has passed.
Notes: Garlic Chives sometimes go under-appreciated! They are absolutely stunning as a garden ornamental, and lend a delicate garlic flavour to any dishes that call for onion, garlic or standard chives. Garlic Chives are the preferred variety for Asian food recipes calling for Chives.
Harvesting: Use sharp scissors to cut leafy stems. Up to 2/3 of the plant can be cut at any one time.
Growing in Containers: Very well suited for containers, 6 inches and up.
Fertilizing (Containers): Add 25% Sea Soil to potting mix at time of transplant, then fertilize with All Purpose organic fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season.
Watering (Containers): Water deeply when top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch. During hot weather, check pots daily. The addition of up to 20% CocoEarth is an excellent organic method for managing water in pots; it holds several times its weight in water. This helps manage both over- and under-watering!
Growing in Mixed Planters: Looks great in larger mixed planters. Combine with other leafy vegetables or herbs.
Fertilizing (Garden): Add quality compost to your garden bed before planting.
Watering (Garden): Water to establish, then only during periods of drought.
Suitability for Indoors: Not easy to grow indoors as they like to go dormant through the winter. If you really want to try growing them indoors, we suggest chopping the plants down and giving a rest period.