Chives

Allium schoenoprasum

Cive, Onion Grass, Schnittlaugh, Seithes, Seives, Giant Garlic, Wild Chives

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Allium schoenoprasum is commonly known by the name Chives. This plant is a low-growing onion-like species in the Amaryllidaceae family. It produces long slender grass-like foliage and decorative purple flowers. The green stems are hollow and tubular. Clumps of well-established plants can be divided every 2-3 years. Chives are low-maintenance, high-yielding, versatile and easy to grow. The pretty flowers are edible and make attractive edging and flower arrangements. They make good container plants, provided they receive enough sun.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest leaves throughout the year. Cut leaves down to the base from the outside of the plant first, but don't harvest all at once. Though if you do, it will grow back next season.

Propagation

Seed

Direct sow seeds in Spring or Summer, 6 mm deep and 10-20 cm apart. Start seed indoors and transplant when they are 5 cm tall. Germinates in 7-10 days.

Division

Divide plants every 2-3 years.

Special features

Attracts bees

Repels harmful insects

Repulsive to insects in general, including carrot flies, aphids, and cabbage worms

Pot plant

Easily grown in well-drained pots placed in the sun. Maintain even soil moisture.

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Europe, Asia, and North America

Natural climate

Most climates

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The immature flowers, bulbs, stems, seeds and leaves are edible

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple

Scent

Mild
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