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Chives Seeds

Allium schoenoprasum
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Chives form clumps of hollow grass-like leaves with a mild onion flavor. Left to mature, before seeding it develops attractive lavender-pink flowers. Clumps may be divided and transplanted in spring after the first season.

Some delicious options include soups, salads, cheese, and egg dishes. This versatile herb can be dried or frozen.

Can be grown indoors for year-round use.


  • SKU: 142204
Growing Information Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Grow best in
Grows
Best In:
Full sun
Days to germination
Days to
Germination:
7 to 14 days
Water needs
Water
Needs:
Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
Days to maturity
Days to
Maturity:
80 days
Best container size
Best
Container Size:
12"+
Growing height
Growing Height:
20-30 cm (8-12")
Key Features Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Plant Type: Herb
  • Botanical Name: Allium schoenoprasum
  • Fill Weight (grams): 0.45
  • Approximate Seed Count: 375-400
  • Characteristics: attracts pollinators | low maintenance | easy to grow | container friendly
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct | Start Indoors
  • Plant Lifecycle: Perennial (returns every year)
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Hardiness Zone(s): 3 to 9
  • Growth Habit: clump forming
  • Flavor: Subtle onion taste
  • Disease Resistance: pest resistant|deer resistant|rabbit resistant
  • Tolerance: drought tolerant|tolerates poor soils
  • Preparation Ideas: Perfect for adding a subtle onion taste to salads, soups, or omelettes.
Instructions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
    Growing Instructions:

    Chive seeds can be sown directly into the garden when the soil is warm and all danger of frost is passed. Soil temperature (not air temperature) should be warmer than 18°C (65°F) for seeds to germinate. Planting at a lower temperature will delay germination. Space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and cover with 1.3 cm (1/2") of soil. After planting, water the seeds with a gentle mist or shower. A hard spray can wash soil away, dislodge seeds and clump them together. It is critical to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy during germination. Do not let the soil dry out, as young plants have underdeveloped roots and can quickly dehydrate, particularly in windy conditions. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below to provide good air circulation and room to grow.

    For an earlier crop, seeds can be started indoors 6 weeks before the last frost in your area. Follow the seed depth and spacing guidelines indicated below. Once all danger of frost has passed, seedlings should be hardened off before planting in their growing location. Seedlings should be transplanted according to the plant spacing directions below. Regularly monitor your plants and ensure that the soil remains moist while they establish themselves in their new environment. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below to provide good air circulation.

    Click here to read more information on planning and planting a garden.

  • Planting Depth: 1.3 cm (1/2")
  • Plant Spacing: 15 cm (6")
  • Row Spacing: 30 cm (12")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
Suggestions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Growing Suggestions:
  • Chive seeds can be started at any time for indoor use.
  • The hotter temperatures of summer cause Chives to become dormant until the arrival of cooler weather.
  • Once the flowers have bloomed, remove them to prevent spreading seeds in your garden.
  • Chives can easily become overcrowded due to their clump-forming habit, so dividing the clumps every three to four years is important to keep their growth vigorous.

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