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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 50°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 2 inches apart
  • Harvest in 7-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Carrots, Tomatoes, Parsley, Apples

Your comments and tips

13 Jan 12, Narelle (Australia - temperate climate)
Even with an electric propagator, I can't get chive seeds to germinate! Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong? I've tried with 3 different lots of seeds, different growing mediums and different seasons (except Winter).
14 Jan 12, (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Narelle, perhaps your seed aren't viable, or your seeds are drying out too fast, or are too moist? I have germinated heaps of chives here in Adelaide merely by putting them into good quality seed raising mix and then into a mini hothouse (the type you get from bunnings) , then keeping the topsoil moist with daily sprays from a water spray gun. You have to be patient though, they take a little while to come up initially!!! Good luck :)
03 Apr 15, (Australia - temperate climate)
Seeds of garlic chives have a viablility of only 1 year. Don't bother with seeds over 1 year old.
17 Jan 12, amanda (Australia - temperate climate)
my chives are 2 years old and healthy, however this past winter they went a bit dormant and still have not had a growth spurt you would expect with the warm/hot weather. they are in beds, i water daily, and use seasol. i also just put powerfeed pellets in the bed last week. how do i get my chives to perk up and be robust?
09 Mar 12, Nina (Australia - temperate climate)
My chives are growing but now covered by tiny blackflea-like creatures. Any clues as to what they are, and how to get rid of them?
21 Mar 12, (Australia - temperate climate)
They are just aphids. Try spraying with soapy water hen hose them off. Good luck =)
11 May 12, Kharnifex (Australia - temperate climate)
Chives took 6 months to germinate in my garden bed, they take an extremely long amount of time, once established, they keep going and going
26 Apr 13, Katieee (Australia - temperate climate)
Do chives use a lot of water?
04 Nov 12, (USA - Zone 5b climate)
How far do you cut the flowers on the chives.
02 Aug 13, Alan (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
My Chives are not growing well at all. they get part sun and are well drained. they have no tops. can you give a hint
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