Chives (Garlic) Growing Guide

Allium tuberosum

Chives (Garlic)

Crop Rotation Group

Allium (Onion family) 


Any average, well drained soil.


Full sun to partial afternoon shade.

Frost tolerant

Garlic chives are hardy perennials that survive winter even in very cold climates.


Not generally needed.


Also, other mound-forming herbs.


Single Plants: 15cm (5") each way (minimum)
Rows: 15cm (5") with 20cm (7") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start with a purchased plant, or start seeds indoors and set out at about the time of your last frost. Plants spaced 15 cm (6in) apart will grow into a solid mass in 3 years.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Garlic chives produce white, lightly scented flowers in late summer. Gather them for use as cut flowers to keep garlic chives from reseeding. Like regular chives, garlic chives can become invasive.


Do not harvest in the first year. In spring, gather handfuls of greens for use in the kitchen. The leaves become somewhat tough in summer.


Deadhead garlic chives to limit reseeding.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Chives (Garlic)

Plant Diseases which Affect Chives (Garlic)