Chives Planting and Care Guide
Quick Facts About Chives
Chives are a great addition to the garden, or grow them in a container indoors. Both the leaves and flowers are edible, and they're not only a flavorable in salads and soups, but they're also pretty and attract pollinators.
Directly sow Chive herb seeds in the garden in spring once the danger of frost has passed. If grown indoors, the seeds can be sown any time.
Chive plants do best in full sun. They prefer moist, loamy soil. Chive plants can be grown both in the garden and in containers.
How to Plant Chives
- Work the garden soil 6 inches in depth
- Add compost to improve soil
- Sow seeds on the surface and gently press them into the soil
- Light is needed for germination
- Keep the seeds moist for germination
- Once the seedlings are 2 inches tall, thin to 1 plant every 4 inches
- Indoor planting can be any time as long as the plant is able to receive 6 hours of bright sunlight each day
Care And Maintenance
- Once the Chive herb plant is 12 inches in height, it can be harvested
- Snip off what is needed. They can be cut down to about 1/2 of their height, and the plant will grow back
- If flowers form, they can be cut and used in food dishes as well
- Chives are fairly drought tolerant, but water regularly for the best performance
- For the best flavor, do not over fertilize
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