When to Plant Chives
What month do you plant chives?
The easiest and most successful way of growing chives is planting rooted clumps in spring, after frost danger has passed. Divide established plants every three to four years. Spring is the best time for division. Space plants 6-12 inches apart. via
Are chives easy to grow from seed?
While chives are frequently grown from divisions, they are just as easy to start from seeds. Chives can be started indoors or outdoors. If you're planting the chive seeds outdoors, wait until after the last frost to plant the seeds. The seeds may take a little extra time to sprout until the soil warms up. via
Do chives come back every year?
It will grow back the following year. Wait to harvest your chives when the plant is at least six inches tall. via
How many seeds should I plant for chives?
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 65–70°F (18–21°C). SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): In spring, sow 1/4" deep as soon as the soil warms up. Place 4-6 seeds every 6" or 1-2 seeds per inch. via
Should I let chives flower?
Should you really let your chives bolt? Well, there's really no harm in letting your chives bloom, but your harvest might get smaller if you do. Most plants will produce smaller leaves when there are flowers too. The flower stalk is usually also hard and you can't eat it. via
Do chives regrow after cutting?
So chives do, in fact, regrow after cutting. Pruning promotes the healthy growth of plants and keeps them coming back with renewed vigor. You can maintain a beautiful chives garden by staying on top of the harvest. via
Should I soak chive seeds before planting?
Just wet a paper towel and lay the seeds on top. Roll, wrap, or fold them up and leave them for about 24 hours. Tip: Don't leave them soaking for longer than two days, or you'll risk mold growing on the seeds. You can also soak the seeds in water for the same amount of time. via
When can I plant chives outside?
Plant chives in early spring 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost. They're a wonderful option to use as a perennial garden border among flowers or in a culinary container garden. Space chives 8 to 12 inches apart in an area that receives full sun and has nutrient-rich, well-drained soil. via
What can I plant next to chives?
Chives grow well with just about anything. Grapes, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, kohlrabi, mustard, peppers, potatoes, rhubarb, roses, squash, and strawberries all do better when growing near chives. Asparagus, beans, peas, and spinach, however, have a harder time growing when planted near chives. via
Do chives multiply?
Chives will multiply if flowers are allowed to seed out. Mature plants can be divided and transplanted every few years. via
How do you harvest chives so it keeps growing?
Fortunately there is a way to keep chives going for longer, and that's by 'forcing' them. Potting them up and moving them under cover encourages the plants to produce fresh shoots that can be repeat-harvested for much longer than if the plants were left outdoors. via
Should you deadhead chives?
When should you deadhead chives? You can start deadheading chives as soon as the flowers begin to fade, usually within the early months of summer. Once the flowers go brown, the seeds will be viable, so don't wait too long to deadhead them or seeds will quickly begin to scatter. via
Do chives self seed?
For instance chives, garlic chives and borage all shed plenty of seeds, so seedlings will pop up reliably – too reliably! Feel free to let them flower to feed the insects, but to prevent them from self-seeding be sure to clip off the spent flowers or seedheads before the seeds ripen. via
Are chives and green onions the same?
Chives and green onions are different visually. Chive stems are long, very skinny, solid green and tender, whereas green onions have a thicker, more substantial stem that is green toward the top and white at the bottom. Chives are delicate and tender and are best eaten raw or cooked very briefly. via
Are chives invasive?
Garlic chives coming up in spring. Even though it can spread aggressively by seed, the seedlings are relatively easy to remove when young (although they can be quite numerous, so weeding may take a lot of time). This plant can be invasive under some conditions, so should be planted with care. via