Garlic Chives Are Blooming Now

A row of Garlic Chives in this raised garden

A row of Garlic Chives in this raised garden

Garlic Chives in bloom are very attractive and bloom when few things do.

Garlic Chives in bloom are very attractive and bloom when few things do.

Once you have a start of garlic chives, you will be surprised at how much they multiply. In fact, I think the best way to grow them is in pots, especially since the leaves are what we use in cooking. These plants are very pungent and grow prolifically with no help. In order to control their multiplying, cutting the flowers after they finish blooming and before the seeds mature is important. If you don’t have any of this herb, anyone that has some will be glad to give you a start. I think as long as you keep the gift plant watered, they will make it and thrive. Their white flowers do make a great show this time of the year, when few other plants are in bloom. The ones in the picture are in a raised bed in my mother-in-law’s vegetable garden. The clumps of garlic chives are under planted with oregano. Both the oregano and garlic chives get a good reduction in plants in early spring, when we till the garden to control their taking over the bed.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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