Chives

Forget that bunch of chives that goes bad before they can be used and grow this perennial yourself. Easy and robust, even in a pot!
Common name : Chives
Scientific name : Allium schoenoprasum
Family : Alliaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Perennial
Easy peasy
Easy peasy
Sun loving
Sun loving
Edible
Edible
Urban
Urban
Growing chives is easy! Follow Groww's advice to always have them on hand. All you need is a sheltered, well-drained space, direct sunlight and some wind.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Harvestint

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Caracteristics

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Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 9a
Height 20 - 40
pH 7

Identify my chives

Don't tell us that you don't recognize these round, green shoots with their characteristic odor of cooking eggs! If you still don't know them, they're bulb-grown perennials, cousins of onions and garlic.

Sow my chives

Outside: Sowing chives is easy! From April to May, sow in light, well-drained soil, forming furrows every 10-15 cm and burying the seeds in 1 to 2 cm of fresh potting soil. Inside: You can sow in open soil when the land is warmed up, or in a room with enough sunlight, whose temperature is around 18 ° C all year round. In this case sow in a box. Lightly cover the seeds with light soil. Keep the soil moist for the first few weeks, but never soggy - and transplant these plants to the garden as soon as they have 4 leaves.

Thin out my chives

When your chive shoots each have two to three leaves, thin them in a manner that leaves only one plant every 20 cm, keeping only the most vigorous plants.

Dibble my chives

Transplant seedlings from a greenhouse 7 to 8 weeks after they come up, between May and July depending on the date of sowing. Dig a small hole and fill the bottom with pebbles to avoid drowning the roots. Install the plant very delicately — the roots are still very fragile!

Plant my chives

Choose a location sheltered from direct sun and wind. The soil must be well drained in order to prevent water from stagnating: the ideal is a substrate of potting soil with an addition of 10% sand. It is also perfectly suited for indoors, behind a window, or on a balcony, potted or in a box: if you wish to keep it potted, transplant it immediately in a bigger pot after buying - a simple terracotta pot will do the trick! Avoid too much exposure to the sun — it'll dry out the soil too quickly!

Water my chives

Chives appreciates regular watering — in case of drought, it will start to produce...seeds! And yes, for parsley, dryness signals the end of summer, in other words, the time to think about reproduction! Therefore don't forget it!

Mulch my chives

You can mulch between the plants one to two weeks after planting with the aid of a mulch which holds in moisture. This will limit evaporation from the soil, and thus the need to water and to weed.

Propagate my chives

Plants from previous years can be kept very easily — but dividing the tufts is possible, and even recommended once your chives become too big (and start producing thick, tough stalks!). Simply dig up the root ball, or remove it from it's pot, then split in two with a clean, sharp tool. Repot or replant in the same ground as before, adding a little potting soil or compost — renewing the substrate is what gives your plants their vigour back!

Reap my chives

You can pick your chives all year long! Give preference to the primary leaves by cutting the entire stem to encourage new shoots to sprout. Take advantage of this to get rid of wilted stems, especially those that are going to seed!

Protect my chives

During winter, you may try to cover your chives with the help of a transparent cover in order to continue harvesting until the next spring. They're stop growing once the temperatures drop below 10°C, but they'll come back easily next summer.

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