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- Category: Herb
- Type: Chives
- Variety: Common
- Family: Amaryllidaceae
- Botanical Name: Allium schoenoprasum
- Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
- Growing Difficulty: 2
- Soil PH: 6.0 to 7.0
- Fertilizer Requirements: 5-10-5
- Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining
- Germination (days): 7 to 21
- Soil Temp for Germination: 60-70°F
- Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN, PART SHADE
- Days to Maturity: 60 – 90
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Distance Apart (in row): 6"
- Row Spacing: 12-24"
DIRECT SOW AFTER DANGER OF LAST FROST
8-10 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST
Chives do well anywhere in the garden and are commonly used as a decorative plant that is also edible.
Chives will grow almost anywhere that receives at least 6 hours of full sun (even indoors with a sunny window).
Chives do best when the receive frequent watering and consistently moist soil. Chives are an onion plant that will produce bulbs when left to continuously grow. Every few years, separate the bulbs to continue expanding your chives.
Companion planting chives with plants such as carrots, mustard plants, tomatoes, or even cabbage will repel many pests that would otherwise affect these plants.
The entire plant can be used from root to flower, depending on your dish.
This herb goes great in mashed potatoes, or as an onion flavor in a meat loaf or gravy.
Use shears when harvesting your chives. Clip the chive stalks about two inches above the soil starting from the outside in. Do not cut the entire plant, instead you should selectively harvest to keep your chives producing consistently.
Chives are a perennial herb and will continue to grow year after year. We recommend allowing some of your chives plants to flower and turn brown at the end of their growing season.
Chive seeds form inside of the flower heads after the flowers have started to fade and dry out. Allow the flower heads to partially dry on the stalk and clip them a couple inches below the flower. Simply shaking these flower heads into a paper bag will release the seeds.
Do not let the flowers fully dry, otherwise the seeds will simply blow away.