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.
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.
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.
Divide plants every 2-3 years.
Repels harmful insects
Repulsive to insects in general, including carrot flies, aphids, and cabbage worms
Easily grown in well-drained pots placed in the sun. Maintain even soil moisture.
Europe, Asia, and North America
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
The immature flowers, bulbs, stems, seeds and leaves are edible