Min germination temp: 15°C (59°F) Max germination temp: 20°C (68°F) Germination time: 11 days Time to transplanting: +73 days Time to harvesting: +303 days Mature height: 25cm (10in) Mature spread: 15cm (6in) Ideal pH range: 5.2 - 8.3 Sow depth: ½cm (¼in) Sow spacing: 2.5cm (1in) Growing plant spacing: 30cm (12in) Growing row spacing: 30cm (12in) References:   Chives ( Allium schoenoprasum) are the smallest species of the onion family Alliaceae , native to Europe, Asia and North America.   Allium schoenoprasum is also the only species of Allium native to both the New and the Old World and is a perennial.
Culinary uses for chives involve shredding its leaves (straws) for use as condiment for fish,
potatoes and soups. It also has insect-repelling properties which can be used in gardens to control pests.
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Harvest (1st year)
Harvest (following years)
Growing [ ]
Location [ ]
Chives will grow in most garden soils in either sunny, or semi-shaded positions. They can also be grown in window boxes and pots.
Sowing [ ]
Sow seeds in groups of 3 or 4 at 30cm (12in) spacing, ½cm (¼in) deep. Remove the weakest seedlings after germination.
Transplanting [ ]
Plant raised or bought seedlings into the herb bed at 30cm (12in) spacing.
Aftercare [ ]
Even if you don't want to divide the clumps up for your own uses, it's a good idea to divide them every 3 years and replant.
Harvesting [ ]
Cut leaves close to the ground as required. Cut all leaves from one clump before beginning on the next.
For a winter supply, take one or two small clumps, put them into 10cm (4in) pots of potting compost and keep them on a windowsill.
Troubles [ ]
Full troubles list: Allium troubles
References [ ]
Chives 'Common'. myfolia. Retrieved: 2010-09-03.
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↑ LaFray, J. (1987). Tropic Cooking: The New Cuisine from Florida and the Islands of the Caribbean. Oakland: Ten Speed Press. pp. 292.
Allium schoenoprasum factsheet, from Kemper center for home gardening. Retrieved: 2006-06-13
↑ Kaufman, P.B.; Carlson, T.J.; Kaufman, K.B.; Brielmann, H.L.; Warber, S.; Cseke, L.J.; Duke, J.A. (1999). Natural Products from Plants. Boca Raton: CRC Press. pp. 261. 084933134X.
↑ Ewing, B. (2008).
Growing Culinary Herbs: Chives. Retrieved: 2010-09-04.
Growing Chives in the UK - Harvesting. GardenAction.co.uk. Retrieved: 2010-09-04.