How To Regrow Garlic Chives: Growing Garlic Chives Without Soil


By: Amy Grant

There are a number of reasons to grow your own produce. Maybe you want to have control of how your food is grown, organically, with no chemicals. Or maybe you find it less expensive to grow your own fruits and veggies. Even if you have a metaphorical black thumb, the following article fulfills all three topics. How about regrowing garlic chives? Growing garlic chives in water without soil really couldn’t be easier. Read on to find out how to regrow garlic chives.

How to Regrow Garlic Chives

Growing garlic chives in water couldn’t be simpler. Simply take an unpeeled garlic clove and plunk it in a shallow glass or dish. Cover the clove partially with water. Don’t submerge the entire clove or it will rot.

If you select organically grown garlic, then you will be regrowing organic garlic chives. This can save you a bunch of money since organics can be pricey.

Also, if you happen upon an old bit of garlic, often the cloves have begun to sprout. Don’t throw them out. Put them in a bit of water as above and, in no time, you will have delicious garlic scapes. Roots will be seen growing in a few days and shoots soon thereafter. Growing garlic chives without soil is that easy!

Once green stems have formed, you can use the garlic chives. Just snip the green ends as needed to add to eggs, as a tasty garnish, or in anything you want a kick of mild garlic flavor.

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How to Regrow Garlic in Water

Did you know that you can regrow garlic? Most people don’t look at the paper-covered cloves and immediately think of lush, green plants. Fortunately, garlic sprouts (also known as scapes) are absolutely delicious, and easy to grow. Read on to learn how to grow them and use them in all kinds of delicious dishes.


How to Grow Garlic Chives | Guide to Growing Garlic Chives


Binomial Name: Allium Tuberosum
Varieties: Gau Choy, Nira

Great for dressing up potatoes and spicing up salads, this easy-to-grow Allium’s pinkish-lavender flowers make an attractive clump or edging in flower gardens.

Low Fert., Damp, Acid, Droughty

Growing Guide
GROWING NOTES
While chives will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, they prefer slightly acid soil (pH 6.2 to 6.8) with moderate fertility and high organic matter.

Chinese and garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) are slightly less hardy, only to Zone 4 without extra winter protection.

Chinese and garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) grow up to 2 feet tall.

The common garden chive has pinkish lavender flowers. The cultivar ‘Forescate’ has rose red flowers. 'Corsica" and 'albiflorum' have white flowers. Chinese and garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) have white flowers.

Spreading clump of upright, grass-like leaves.

MAINTAINING
In spring or fall, direct seed onto well-prepared seedbed (covering very lightly), or transplant established plants. (If starting from seed, plants probably won’t be large enough to harvest for at least a year.)

Regular cutting helps keep plants vigorous and healthy and encourages spreading. Keep flowers picked to discourage dormancy in warm weather.

No fertilizer is needed if planted in reasonably fertile soil. Plants harvested frequently benefit from nitrogen top-dressing.

Divide and replant clump in fresh soil every three to five years.

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How to Grow Garlic in Water

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If you’d like to grow some garlic but don’t have the space for a garden or a large potting container, you can try growing garlic in water. Growing garlic in water is a great way to have fresh garlic available whenever you like, without the hassle and expense of going to the grocery store. Be aware that when you grow garlic in water, you won’t be able to grow entire new cloves. Rather, you’ll be able to grow leaves (also called garlic sprouts) out of the top of a garlic clove. These sprouts have the texture of green onions but with a mild garlicky flavor.


When is the Best Time to Divide and Replant Chives?

You may also wish to divide established chives every two to four years to help plants stay productive. The best time to divide and replant chives is in late summer to early fall, depending on your grow zone.

While most herbs are divided and replanted in spring, chives thrive by trimming and dividing later in the season. The trimming stimulates new growth. Since chives are a hardy cool weather herb, the new growth in fall is full and sweet. Dividing chives later in the season also sets the stage for beautiful spring blossoms.

How to Divide and Replant Chives

Dividing chives is simple and best done after a rain or a few hours after watering to soften the soil. Cut the chive leaves or stalks down to about four inches tall, then gently remove a clump of three or four plants from the soil.

Replant your divided chives eight to twelve inches apart and approximately half an inch deeper than before. Make sure the roots stay moist while they are getting re-established.

Dividing Chives Summary

  • Start with moist soil following a rain or watering 3-4 hours prior to dividing chives.
  • Cut the leaves down to

4″ height

  • use the tops for food garnish or recipes like this avocado egg salad or air baked potatoes.
  • Next, gently remove a clump of three or four plants from the soil.
  • Replant your divided chives 8-12″ apart and

    ½” deeper than before.

  • Be sure to keep roots moist while they’re getting re-established.

  • Chive Plant Drooping/Not Standing Up

    A drooping chive plant isn’t uncommon. Luckily, even if your chive plant is near-death, as long as it has a little bit of life left in it, it can be relatively easy to revive it. In order to do this, the reason for drooping must be established first. There could be several reasons why your chive is drooping, and we’re going to explain all possibilities for you one-by-one below:

    • Too much water. This is a very common cause of droopy chives. Especially beginner plant owners struggle with this. Some plants are more forgiving than others unfortunately, chives aren’t very forgiving when they get overwatered. Even overwatering your chive plant once could mean the end of its life—more about overwatering a little further along in the article.
    • Lack of light. Chive plants need about six to eight hours of light daily in order to thrive. Whether it is natural light or sunlight doesn’t matter.
    • Climate. Unlike many other plants, chives do better in a cool climate. Their ideal temperature is between 40 to 85 Fahrenheit.
    • Bugs. Chives are not easily hurt by viruses and are also quite resistant to insects, except to thrips (extensively discussed previously) and union maggots. In order to exterminate union maggots, you should repot the chive plant and replace the soil.


    10. Marjoram

    With a delicate floral flavor, marjoram is an herb from the mint family and is a sub-species of oregano. Since the flavor is so subtle, it is best when its fresh leaves are added at the end to a dish—just like this recipe for roasted potatoes from Vegetarian Times.

    1. As with most of the other herbs on this list, this herb is easily proliferated with cuttings: cut a stem a few inches long and remove all the leaves except a few from the top.
    2. Place in a glass of water with the waterline fully covering the stem.
    3. Transfer to soil when roots appear.

    Give these a try and we hope you find that regrowing your own herbs from the cuttings you buy at the store is much easier than most people think.

    Next time you encounter a recipe that calls for fresh rosemary or oregano, don't forget to pick up pots and soil as well: you'll never have to buy these herbs again!

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