Allium tuberosum, Garlic Chive
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 韭菜 jiu cai
Variety description: Clump-forming onion family member is grown for both culinary and ornamental uses. Known as jiu cai in Chinese, this perennial green is used widely in Asian cooking as an ingredient in dumplings and soups as well as fermented preserves. We like it fresh in salads, as part of a mixed greens stir fry or as a garnish on pasta dishes. This is one of the earliest greens we harvest in the spring. A valuable 'cut and come again' addition to any kitchen garden.
Site requirements: Highly adaptable plant will thrive in a range of soils provided that the site is well drained. Leaf production is best in full or part sun. We use garlic chives as a companion planting around fruit trees and berry bushes.
Cultivation: No special attention is required once established. Garlic chives readily seed themselves, and a good sized patch will form after several years. We have grown Allium tuberosum for over twenty years and have seen no potential for it to become invasive in our location, though this has been recorded as a concern in some parts of the world.
Pests and diseases: None.
Hardiness: USDA zones 4-8.
Plant size: Ten mature tubers.
When we ship: Available for FALL 2016 shipping. Potted plants also available at the nursery this spring.
Shipping restrictions: None.
Organically grown by Cricket Hill Garden, in compliance with CT NOFA Farmer's Pledge.