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Chives (韭菜花)

  • Brand: KNOWN-YOU
  • Quantity: About 50 seeds per package
  • Growing environment: Chives are cool-season, cold-tolerant perennials that are planted in early spring.
  • Germination: 1-14 days
  • Soil condition: Soil needs to be moist, fertile, rich, and well-draining. Before planting, incorporate 4 to 6 inches of well-composted organic matter.
  • Spacing: Spacing should be 4 to 6 inches apart in all directions.
  • Sowing depth: Plant seeds ¼ inch deep
  • Light: Full sun
  • Watering time: Water frequently
  • Fertilizing: Recommended
SKU: V-335

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Official name: Allium tuberosum

General description:

Chinese chives or garlic chives have flat dark green leaves with white flowers. Its taste is stronger than chives in the U.S. Both leaves and flowers are edible. They are available at Asian groceries. The leaves are flat and will wilt when cooked quickly in a hot wok. There are 2 types available, green and yellow. They are a commonly used herb and can be found in most grocery stores. And the plant offers a huge amount of nectar for pollinators. Chives also serve as an attractive garnish for various dishes, including salads, baked potatoes, etc.Chives come in two types – onion chives (the common chives) and Chinese chives (also called garlic chives). While onion chives have hollow leaves, garlic chives have flat leaves.

How to grow: Growing chives from seed is almost as easy - sow the seeds indoors using normal potting compost in March time (or directly outside in April) . Make sure the compost remains moist. The seedlings will appear a week to ten days later. Transfer them outside a month after sowing with 10cm (8in) between each plant. 

just sit back and watch them grow! They are almost completely free of disease, and their only requirement is watering if the conditions become very dry. They occasionally suffer from onion fly, but this is almost always because they have been planted near onions which have been attacked - the solution is not to plant chives near onions.

Chives are perennial evergreen plants, and keep their leaves in most winters. In colder winters, the leaves may die back completely, but don't despair - their roots are still alive and they will begin new growth next spring.

Cut the chive leaves with scissors when required, starting with the outside leaves (those nearest the edge of the pot) and working your way inwards. Always leave 5cm (2in) of leaves remaining. The leaves rapidly grow back and can be cut several times in the growing season. Plants grown from seed should be left alone (although remove the emerging flower heads) until July in the first year to allow a good root system to establish itself.

Benefits of Chives: Chives are extremely rich in flavonoid antioxidants, which contribute to most of the benefits. These antioxidants help fight cancer, improve heart health, and can even fight inflammation. They also detoxify the body and boost skin health. And the fiber in them can help ease the digestive process.

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