days to maturity: 90 days
plant spacing: 3 per square foot
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours hours
look out for: snails at the base
harvest notes: harvest whole clump every 2 weeks, grows back very quickly
Garlic Chives are a perennial onion family member and they’re the closest thing to garlic you’ll get to grow in your South Florida garden. They are a staple in Asian cooking and sometimes referred to as Chinese leeks because they are used as a vegetable not a garnish or seasoning. If you’ve ever had leek dumplings at Dim Sum you’ve had these guys. They thrive in our South Florida weather year round and they grow back vigorously after every harvest. The leaves are dark green and flat with a white stalk near the base of the plant. The white stalk is eaten along with the green part. The taste is very garlicky as the name implies. Garlic chives flower in spring/ summer and the flower clusters are edible too. Garlic chives have incredibly large and robust root systems which makes them tolerable to drought and poor soils.