Chives - Common - Allium schoenoprasum
Hardy Perennial The thin, round leaves of chives are commonly used in soups and sauces. The plant grows in clumps up to 12" high and produces lavender flowers in midsummer. Chives are useful as a companion plant throughout the garden to help reduce the insect population.
Soil & Water: Chives like loose, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Water evenly and moderately while establishing.
Planting & Growing: Start 4-6 weeks before the last frost or sow directly once soils have reached 55F. Chives grow slowly and usually need about a year of growth before they can be routinely harvested. They can be potted and moved indoors to provide a fresh supply for cooking all year.
Harvesting & Storage: Snip leaves when large enough to use. The flowers are also edible and have a mild oniony flavor. Harvest flowers before they open completely to avoid reseeding tendencies.
Did You Know? Freeze-drying is the best drying method to preserve the chive's delicate flavor.
Soil Temperature: 60-85F
Planting Depth: 1/16"
Germination: 7-14 Days
Height At Maturity: 8"-14"
Days To Maturity: 90-100 Days
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 5"-8"
Approx Seeds per 1/4 lbs: 100,000
8 x 4 x 0.5 inches.