Chives - Chives

Common Name: Chives
Genus: Chives

Category: Fruit & Vegetables
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.10 m (10 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Delicious evergreen herb that will come back year after year. The slim elegant dark green leaves can be snipped with scissors and used as a spicy addition to salads or in soups, stews and curries. Pale mauve pompom-like flowers produced in early summer make it a decorative addition to herb or vegetable garden and are also edible.

  • Growing Instructions:Choose a rich soil in sun or part shade and sow sparingly into shallow drills in spring. Cover lightly with more soil and water well. Can also be sown in seed trays full of potting compost: pot on seedlings as they grow and transplant outside allowing 10cm between plants. Keep well-watered and snip off flowers to keep plants producing new leaves. In late summer after flowering cut all leaves down to about 5cm above ground level to encourage a new flush of young growth.

  • Sow: March-May

  • Harvest: July onwards

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