Grolau Chives

Details Allium schoenoprasum Open-Pollinated: ? Color: ? Maturity: ? Size: ? Taste: good, strong flavor Disease Resistance: ? Notes: Similar to the common strain of chives, but bred for indoor growing. Excellent in greenhouses. Very productive when cut continuously. Sources: (where to buy) Nichols Results from My Garden: Haven’t tried this one yet.

Garlic Chives

Details Allium tuberosum also known as Chinese leeks Open-Pollinated: ? Color: garlic chives are available with white, mauve or yellow flowers Maturity: ? Size: broader leaves and larger flower head than common chives Taste: mild onion-garlic flavor Disease Resistance: ? Notes: Great companion plant – bees and other pollinators love garlic chives (all alliums, actually); I think it’s […]

Chive, Common Strain

Details Open-Pollinated: ? Type: ? Shape: ? Color: light purple-pink flowers Maturity: ? Size: ? Taste: mild onion flavor; great in salads, soups, potatoes, eggs, cheese, and fish dishes Disease Resistance: ? Notes: Sources: (where to buy) Common chives are widely available. Results from My Garden: I’ve always had a hard time getting my seeds […]

How to Grow Chives

Easy to grow – virtually foolproof, chives are not bothered by diseases or pests. They make great borders to a walkway or flower garden, and are useful in the kitchen – both the flowers and the stems. Botanical Information Taxonomy Allium schoenoprasum – other alliums include onions, garlic, leeks and shallots. Alliums are part of Liliaceae, […]

Seed Collecting

This weekend I tried seed saving for the first time. I collected seeds for:  cosmos marigolds South African Daisies Giant chives coreopsis Lavender Bergamot blanket flower echinacea bachelor buttons it’s quite a trick to recognize the seed in all of the debris of an old flower. Some of the plants aren’t ready yet…like my Maximilian sunflowers. I wasn’t […]