Also called Chinese chives or Chinese leeks. Known as jiu cai in China. Grows like chives, but has flat strap-like leaves that taste like garlic and can be used as a garlic substitute in salads and sauted vegetables. White flowers may be eaten, are long-lasting in bouquets and good in dried arrangements. Has been used to warm the kidneys and stomach, to treat urinary incontinence and impotence. Delicious in sauces and soups. Attractive umbels of delicate white flowers. Matures in 85 days.
Part Used: Leaf, Flower.
Uses: Seasoning, Medicine, Edible.
Approx. 100 seeds.
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In The Box
Herb: Chives, Garlic 100 Seeds.
Sowing & Growing Info
Days to Germinate: 07 to 15.
Germination Temperature: 15 to 24 C.
Sowing Depth: Cover lightly.
Sowing Method: Direct sow.
Sowing Media / Soil Type: Well drained.
Water: Moderately depending upon the soil and climatic conditions-keep the soil moist but not too wet.
Sun: Prefers full sun tolerates shade partially.
Notes: Nearly indestructible even with complete neglect in extreme conditions. Sow thinly and harvest sparingly till plants are established, after that they become more vigorous and self-sowing. Suited for container growing. Chives can suffer from a rust virus. If it occurs, cut back diseased growth and burn it. The plant should not be composted because the virus will live on in the compost and transfer to the ground. In the cool, wet days, downy mildew can be a problem. If this is the case, cut back all the remaining growth, dig the plant up, divide it, and replant in a new, prepared site.