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Growing Chives, also Garden chives

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Chives in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 5 cm apart
  • Harvest in 7-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Carrots, Tomatoes, Parsley, Apples
  • Chive flowers (foreground)
    Chive flowers (foreground)

Grass-like leaves in clumps. Likes full sun but not too dry.

Chives are a perennial but die down in winter. You can dig up a small clump to pot up for indoor use in winter.

Remove flowers to encourage a continuous supply of leaves.

If weeding gets away from you, you can easily distinguish chives from grass because chives have a hollow leaf stem and onion smell.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Chives

Use raw in salads or as a mild onion flavour in cooked dishes.

Your comments and tips

24 Mar 17, WON CHO (Canada - Zone 3a Temperate Short Summer climate)
Where can I get some seeds of chives? I'd like to plant them in my garden.
24 Mar 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
There are quite a number of online suppliers of chive seeds in Canada. Search 'herb seeds' on the internet and click on a site then look for 'chive seed'. All the best.
30 Sep 16, Balvinder Singh (Australia - tropical climate)
Are wild chives and onion weed the same?
03 Sep 16, Detlef (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
The black creatures you have seen on your chives are a type of aphid. Here in Tassie I have had them on spring onions, Garlic chives and chives. They can be gotten rid of with any food crop safe organic mild insecticide. I have used a white oil insecticide with great success. Cheers
13 Jun 16, Kobus (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
can I make money with chives from my home garden?
02 Mar 15, Kate a (Australia - temperate climate)
I've planted a herb garden about three months ago and everything is going well except my chives! They're yellow at the tips and keep dying every time there is new growth
19 Oct 14, Peter Mackenzie (Australia - tropical climate)
Mandee try an area that has full sun (at least 6 hours) and use a premium potting mix for vegies and herbs, a good soil improver mix, and a few handfulls of dolomite. Water gently and heavily early in the morning on tue.,thurs., and sat. & after afternoon tea time on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. And give it some fish emulsion, & seaweed mix on planting and once a fortnight . Try that.
05 Feb 14, Pollyanna holmes (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
What do you mean by medicinal edible salts as far as chives goes.do you have to dry them with salt or suchlike many thanks
21 Dec 13, Derek Mallon (Australia - temperate climate)
I just went to harvest some seeds from our chives and began separating the seeds from the dead flowers. I had to stop because some of the seeds started jumping around the bench. I finally discovered that these seeds were fleas. My question is, are fleas a pest for chives. And why would fleas be attracted to chives.
11 Oct 13, (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi there I live in perth and have had no luck in growing chives in pots, I have tried chook poo and no chook poo, sunny and part sunny spots, but the chives just die or don.t grow at all. I seem to grow everything else. What am I doing wrong. Thanks mandee
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I just went to harvest some seeds from our chives and began separating the seeds from the dead flowers. I had to stop because some of the seeds started jumping around the bench. I finally discovered that these seeds were fleas. My question is, are fleas a pest for chives. And why would fleas be attracted to chives.

- Derek Mallon

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