Leaves, stalks and immature flower buds are used in salads, as a garnish or as flavouring in stir-fry dishes. The taste is a succulent combination of the soft chive leaf and mild garlic flavour. Grows to 20 cm (8") high with thinly strap-like leaves and white open ball-like flower clusters. Garlic chives are hardy to Zone 4 and can become adventive in mild climates (Zones 7 & 8). Also known as Chinese Chives, Ku Chai.
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How To Grow
840 seeds per gram Sow seed directly outdoors in a sunny site with average soil in mid to late May or in August through September. Sow seed 6 mm (1/4") deep and 2.5 cm (1") apart then thin to 10 cm (4") apart in the garden. Note that germination normally occurs within 14 days of sowing, however seed can sometimes take much longer to sprout, so be patient.
Blooming Season Begins
Days to Emergence
12 to 16 days - often longer
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