Chives, Garlic (Allium tuberosum) - 250 Seeds
Its scientific name of Allium tuberosum is indicative of its oniony roots and falls among the family Liliaceae. Unlike onions or other types of garlic, however, the fibrous bulb is not edible but is grown rather for its flowers and stems. It is easy to differentiate between onion chives and garlic chives. Garlic chives have a flat, grass-like leaf, not a hollow one as do onion chives. They grow between 12 to 15 inches tall. Garlic chives make a lovely flower in a border or container plant, and work well in the herb garden. They can be planted along a path or as a dense ground cover too. The small, star-shaped flowers are usually cream colored and born on sturdy stems in June. The flowers can be eaten or dried and made into floral arrangements. The seed heads are also often used in everlasting arrangements or can be allowed to remain and drop seeds for continual reseeding.
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•USDA Zones: 3-9
Garlic chives grow well in a variety of soil types though they prefer moist, well drained soil and full sun to partial shade. In short growing seasons, they can be started indoors in flats. Provide bottom heat for fastest germination. To direct sow, plant the seeds after the last frost in 1/4" deep in rows 18" apart. Thin to 6-8" as soon as the seedlings appear. Germination should occur in 14 days. Garlic chives also grow well as container plants. Keep the soil moist as the seedlings are developing. Garlic chives will spread vigorously with each year of growth and can easily be divided for new plants. To plant the seed from reseeding itself, be sure to remove the developing heads and keep the plant trimmed. The first year, garlic chives should not be harvest to ensure their strong development. The second year, harvest chives at any time after they reach a length of 6", cutting them 1/2" above the soil with scissors. Frequent cutting improves production.
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