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Chives are an easy and quick germinating perennial herb from seed, which is cut-and-come-again, with a characteristic, mild oniony flavour.

These organic chive seeds are invaluable for emerging very early in the spring – in late February in my garden – for using in spring salsa verde and salads.

Pick the mauve chive flowers to scatter in salads and soups from mid May onwards, but don't leave the plants flowering for long. Cut them almost to the ground in early June and give them a high Potash feed for more chives throughout the rest of summer.

Genus Allium
Group/Species schoenoprasum
Variety n/a
Type Perennial
Common Name Chive
Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Yes
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 30cm (12in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow February-August. You can start the plants off early by sowing seeds indoors during early spring, ready to plant out from late April. Sow the seeds thinly into a trays or pots of damp compost and cover lightly. Ensure the seed compost does not dry out. Prick out and pot on seedlings when large enought to handle. Gradually harden off before planting outside.
Care Tips Cut to the ground every 6-8 weeks to get fresh leaves, which quickly grow back again. Keep plants looking tidy by clearing away debris in autumn. Rejuvenate congested clumps in the ground by lifting and dividing plants every three years or so.
Flowering n/a
Harvesting Harvest May-November, cut leaves as required with scissors, snipping close to the base of plants. Cutting to the ground every 6-8 weeks will help to keep it cropping.
Cooking Notes The flowers are also edible, making a pretty salad garnish.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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