Plant Care Chinese Chives

Chinese Chives

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Chinese Chives has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
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Also known as

Garlic chives, Oriental garlic, Asian chives and Chinese leek

Taxonomy

Allium tuberosum
Allium
Amaryllidaceae
Asparagales

How to care for Chinese Chives

💦 Water

How often to water your Chinese Chives

Water needs for Chinese Chives
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese Chives needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Chinese Chives

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Chinese Chives in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese Chives: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese Chives love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Chinese Chives does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chinese Chives in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Chinese Chives

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese Chives: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese Chives after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Chinese Chives is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Chinese Chives →

Common Chinese Chives Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Chinese Chives prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Chinese Chives Water Frequency →

Chinese Chives Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Chinese Chives requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Chinese Chives Light Requirements →

Chinese Chives Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Chinese Chives is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

Chinese Chives doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Chinese Chives Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Chinese Chives does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Chinese Chives →


💩 Fertilizer

Chinese Chives should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Chinese Chives is native to the Northern Hemisphere, South America, and Africa.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Chinese Chives is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Chinese Chives →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Chinese Chives can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Chinese Chives Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Chinese Chives

Chinese Chives

Chinese Chives


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Chinese Chives has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Chinese Chives has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Chinese Chives has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
@Jonah avatar
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 105 XP
globe New York
09/23/2021

I found these bad boys growing in crack on the nyc sidewalk and rescued them from their untimely demise.

Browns easily Browns easily
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@@froggiesocks
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 441 XP
06/13/2021

smells good 😻

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