Also known as
Garlic Chives, Chinese Leek, Oriental Garlic, Asian Chives, Knoffel Grasuie (Afr.), Fragrant-flowered garlic
Chinesischer Lauch Allium tuberosum by Hajotthu (CC BY-SA 3.0)
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Chinese Chives Overview
Allium tuberosum is a bulbous perennial from the Amaryllidaceae family. Commonly known by the names Garlic Chives, Chinese Chives and Oriental Garlic, amongst others. Garlic Chives are easy to grow, spread easily and grow quickly. Garlic Chives stay green year-round in warmer areas, and in cold areas, leaves and stalks will completely die back and re-sprout in the spring. They can be grown as ornamental plants, culinary herbs, medicinal plants, and pest repellents. Chinese Chives have a taste similar to garlic. Flowers are starry and white, produced in clusters on vertical, unbranched stems.
Common problems with Chinese Chives
Deter most insects, including aphids, mosquitoes, carrot flies and tomato pests. Also useful against moles, mice, slugs, and weevils.
Chinese Chives Companion Plants
Bad companion for Alfalfa
How to harvest Chinese Chives
Cut the leaves with scissors starting with outer leaves, working inwards. Leave 5 cm of leaves remaining—bag seed heads to capture ripening seed.
How to propagate Chinese Chives
Sow indoors in Spring, transplant when they 10 cm high. Sow outdoors in early Summer, 0.5 cm deep and 15-30 cm apart. Germination takes 7-14 days.
Divide clumps yearly.
Special features of Chinese Chives
Attracts useful insects
The flowers attracts bees and butterflies.
Repels harmful insects
Repels aphids, mosquitoes, carrot flies and tomato pests.
Other uses of Chinese Chives
Ornamental. Culinary Herb. Medicinal. Moth repellant.
Roots, stems, leaves, bulbs, flowers, and seeds are edible