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How to Grow Chives

Growing chives in Containers, Gardens and Allotments

Chives
Latin Name Allium schoenoprasum 
Type of Plant Tender Perennial
Suitable for Containers,  Garden Beds, hanging baskets, Growbags, Allotments

 Companion Plants      In the Kitchen

 

Plant Dimensions

Height up to 25cm/10-inches  - Spread up to 30cm/1ft

Where to Sow

Indoors/Outdoors in small pots 7.5cm/3" diameter or directly in the ground in sun or partial shade. 

Sowing time

March/April - temperature   +16C/61F

How to Sow

3 seeds per pot 12mm/½"  deep

After Germination

Keep well watered 

Growing on -  in Pots

Once the plants are established with a good root system, divide into separate plants and pot each up into 7.5cm/3" pots. 

 

Harden off plants which have been raised indoors and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed.

 

Allow 1 plant to a large hanging basket.

Growing on - in open ground

Harden off plants which have been raised indoors and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed.

 

Thin or plant out  15cm/6-inches apart in beds or growbags. Divide old plants at the beginning of the growing season. 

Harvesting

Cut the leaves close to the base as and when needed which are best harvested before flowering using a pair of scissors. Flowers can also be eaten.


Pot grown specimens can be bought indoors before frosts for winter use, or moved to a sheltered area for over-wintering. Best treated as an annual in open or unsheltered plots.

Companion Planting

In the Kitchen

Plant near to Carrots

Repels root flies

 

Commonly used with parsley, chervil and tarragon to form the "fines herbes" mix. In salads including potato salad, egg and dairy dishes.  Sprinkle flowers in salads or omlettes.


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