Gigantic chives, a perennial, prefer a bright sunny spot in the garden that is sheltered from strong wind. Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed. Space plants 10-12″ apart in average soil that is well-drained. Grows well in containers or mixed pots. Plant height 18″. Attracts bees and butterflies to the garden. Deer resistant.
A light fertilizing side dressing every 2-3 weeks will encourage healthy growth. Plants should be watered daily during extreme dry spells. If possible, mulch each plant to keep the soil temperature constant and moist.
Established beds of chives should be divided every 3 years or so. This prevents over-crowding and stops the center portion of the plants from dying out. If your plants become woody, cut the stems back to within 1” above the ground.
Chives, Gigantic allium schoenoprasum var. sibiricum
Gigantic Chives combines the flavors of both chives and mild garlic into one plant! Twice the size of regular chive plants, the leaves and starry, white, globed flowers of this variety are edible. Gigantic Chives produce flowers in August, but often not until the second year. Once the plants have established leaves (about 6″), they can be cut and are ideal for use in stir fry, to flavor dips, soups and stews, or fresh in salads. Left uncut, the long flat leaves grow to a height of 18”. Flower heads can be picked and used as an edible flower in salads. Perfect for patio or mixed containers.
Rich in vitamin C, calcium and iron, Chives Gigantic and are a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin A.
Harvest chives by hand, picking the leaves off at the base. Cutting the leaves causes an unattractive brown dieback. After leaves are at least 6” tall regular harvesting is recommended. Gigantic chive leaves are very soft and quickly lose freshness so are best when used fresh. If possible avoid harvesting Chives Gigantic in the first year to enable the plant to develop a good root system.
For longer term storage, flower buds can be picked then dried and stored in airtight containers for use later. Leaves can be frozen using the ice cube method if desired.