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Allium tuberosum

Garlic chives

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Allium tuberosum

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Garlic chives or Chinese chives, Allium tuberosum, are a close relative of ordinary chives, and are just as easily grown by the same cultivation methods. But rather than tasting mildly of onions, as regular chives do, garlic chives have a sweet garlic flavour, especially when the leaves are young.

Allium tuberosum leaves are especially useful when garlic is out of season or unavailable, and may be kept going in pots over winter indoors to prolong supplies. For best results grow in full sun in well-drained soil, or in pots on the patio.

Family: Alliaceae

Genus: Allium

Species: tuberosum

Plant type: Herb

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 50cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Time to divide plants: September to November

Flowering period: July to September

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

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