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Chives

Allium schoenoprasum

Chives (Eng.), Grasuie (Afr.)

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Chives are a low-growing onion-like herb with long slender grass-like stems and decorative purple flowers. The green leaves 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.

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

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.

Geography

Origin
Europe, Asia, and North America
Natural climate
Most climates

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
The immature flowers, bulbs, stems, seeds and leaves are edible
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Amaryllidaceae
Flower colour
Purples, Pink
Scent
Mild

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