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Allium tuberosum

Garlic chives

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Garlic chives or Chinese chives, as these plants are sometimes called, are a close relative of ordinary chives, and are just as easily grown by the same cultivation methods. But the normal mild onion flavour is replaced by a pleasantly sweet garlic flavour, especially when the leaves are young, and regular harvest will ensure this. They are especially useful when garlic bulbs are out of season or unavailable, and may be kept going in pots over winter indoors to prolong supplies.

Family: Alliaceae

Genus: Allium

Species: tuberosum

Flower colour: White

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 40cm

Spread: 15cm

Time to plant seeds: April to May

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I often use this in cooking. Good for adding garlic flavour to soups.

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