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Chives Seeds

  • Brand: KNOWN-YOU
  • Quantity: About 200 seeds per package
  • Germination: 15 to 21 days
  • Soil condition: fertile, well-drained soil,pH range of 6.0-7.0 is best
  • Sowing depth:  ¼ inch deep 
  • Spacing:  When planting chives near each other, keep the bulbs at least six inches apart.
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Watering time: Watered frequently, as long as there is proper soil drainage
SKU: H-095

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Official Name: Chives, scientific name Allium schoenoprasum, are an edible species of the genus Allium. 

General description: Chives belong to the same family as onion, leeks and garlic. They are a hardy, drought-tolerant perennial growing to about 10-12 inches tall. They grow in clumps from underground bulbs and produce round, hollow leaves that are much finer than onion. In mid-summer, they produce round, pink flowers similar in appearance to clover. Chives, scientific name Allium schoenoprasum, are an edible species of the genus Allium. Their close relatives include the common onions, garlic, shallot, leek, scallion,, and Chinese onion. A perennial plant, it is widespread in nature across much of Europe, Asia, and North America. Chives are type of onion that belong to the amaryllis family. They are native to temperate parts of Europe, Asia and North America. Chives are part of human diet at least 5.000 years (they were initially cultivated and used in China). Romans brought chives to Britain where these plants still grow wild near the Hadrian's wall (coastal wall in the north part of England built nearly 1.900 years ago in defensive purposes). Chives were very popular and often cultivated in Europe during the Middle Ages. This plant requires fertile, well-drained soil and plenty of sun for the successful growth. People cultivate chives as a source of food and in ornamental purposes. Just like other types of onions, chives develop bulbs from the roots. Bulbs are not very large. They are slender, conical in shape and arranged in dense clusters.

How to grow: 

  • Chives prefer full sun.
  • Soil needs to be moist, fertile, rich, and well-draining. Before planting, incorporate 4 to 6 inches of well-composted organic matter. Apply 2 to 3 tablespoons of all-purpose fertilizer (16-16-8) per square foot of planting area. Work compost and fertilizer into the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. (Read more about soil amendments and preparing soil for planting.)
  • For a head start, start the seeds indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost. (See local frost dates.) Transplants need good growth before being set in the garden.
  • If you are growing from seed, sow as soon as the soil is workable in the spring. For the best growth, the soil should be around 60º to 70ºF.
  • Plant seeds ¼ inch deep and final plant spacing should be 4 to 6 inches apart in all directions.
  • It is important to give chives consistent watering throughout the growing season for high yields. Moisten the soil thoroughly when watering.
  • Use mulch to conserve moisture and keep the weeds down.
  • For good production, sidedress with fertilizer in May and July with 1 teaspoon of 21-0-0 per square foot.
  • Minimal care is needed for fully grown plants.
  • After the flowers bloom, be sure to remove them so that the seeds aren’t spread throughout your garden.
  • Plants grow to be 12 to 24 inches tall and may spread a foot across. 
  • Remember to divide the plants every 3 to 4 years in the spring. Chives are much more productive if divided regularly. Allow divided plants to grow for several weeks before harvesting. 
  • Harvest chives 30 days after you transplant or 60 days after seeding.
  • Be sure to cut the leaves down to the base when harvesting (within 1 to 2 inches of the soil). 
  • Harvest 3 to 4 times during the first year. In subsequent years, cut plants back monthly.
  • The chive plant will flower in May or June. (The flowers are edible.)
  • Use chives when they’re fresh or frozen (freeze the leaves in an airtight bag). Dried chives lose their flavor.
  • Store chives in a cool place in a resealable container.

Benefits: Chives are rich source of vitamin K, C and folic acid and minerals such as manganese, magnesium and iron. Leaves of chives are used to reduce high blood pressure, facilitate digestion, alleviate stomach discomfort and prevent bad breath. They can also improve strength of nails and hair. Juice obtained from leaves can be used against mildew, scabs and fungal infections. Chives can be used instead conventional insecticides in the gardens because this plant contains chemicals which repel most types of pest insects. Chives can facilitate pollination of other plants in the garden due to ability to attract bees.

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