Everything you need to know about growing chives
11/21/2019 / By Rose Lidell / Comments
Everything you need to know about growing chives

Chives are known the world over, thanks to their versatility and flavor profile. You can even say that it’s a staple for any home cook. This herb is a perennial from the onion family, meaning it dies back in the fall but regrows once spring hits.

Compared to other plants and herbs, chives are – thankfully – relatively easy to grow and harvest. If treated with proper love and care, the plants can last for years.

You can find step-by-step guides on growing this popular and healthy herb.

Growing chives in a pot

The good thing about chives is that they can grow anywhere as long as you provide it with the necessary care. They can even grow indoors – perfect for anyone without a lot of space available. Below you can find tips in cultivating chives indoors.

100% organic essential oil sets now available for your home and personal care, including Rosemary, Oregano, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Clary Sage and more, all 100% organic and laboratory tested for safety. A multitude of uses, from stress reduction to topical first aid. See the complete listing here, and help support this news site.

  1. Planting the herb — Chives can be grown in two ways: through clippings or seeds. When using clippings, simply push the stalk into the soil and press compost around it. The compost should be roughly 1/4-inch from the top of the pot. When you are using seedlings, gently sprinkle the seeds onto the soil and cover it with compost. Use mulch to discourage the growth of weeds. Chives germinate within two weeks.
  2. Choosing a location — This herb prefers full sunlight. Chives require sunlight exposure of up to six to eight hours, so it is ideal to place the herb near a southern or eastern facing window where it will be exposed to sunlight. If a window is not available, artificial lighting can facilitate the plant’s growth. You may use a fluorescent fixture six to 12 inches above the pot. Using two 40-watt bulbs works is recommended.
  3. Caring for the herb — Chives require a great amount of moisture to cultivate. Water the plant regularly to make sure the soil remains moist. The plant also requires low-dose fertilization. A water-soluble fertilizer can be applied two times a month.
  4. Harvesting the plant — Chives can be harvested when they reach between six to 12 inches in height. Trimming the tops may also be helpful as it prevents the stalks from being woody.

Cultivating chives in-ground

Chives are equally easy to grow in the garden.

  1. Treating the soil — Chives usually prefer moist, fertile, and well-draining soil. Before planting, you may amend the soil with four to six inches of well-composted organic matter and apply two to three tablespoons of all-purpose fertilizer for every square foot of the planting area. Incorporate the compost and fertilizer with the soil to a depth of six to eight inches.
  2. The seeds/transplant — You may either use seeds or transplants to start their cultivation. Start planting the seeds indoors about eight to 10 weeks prior to the last spring frost. These seeds require good growth before being transplanted to the garden. If you prefer growing from seeds, keep in mind that the soil should be around 60 to 70 degrees Celsius before sowing to ensure optimal growth.
  3. Caring for the plant — Chives need an adequate and consistent water supply throughout the growing season to produce great yields. Regularly moisten the soil to prevent the plants from drying out. You may also use a mulch to prevent the growth of weeds. Fully grown chives require minimal care. Chives flower in May or June. Trim the flowers to ensure that the seeds do not scatter in your garden. The plants should also be divided every three to four years in the spring.
  4. Harvesting chives — Chives can be harvested 30 days after the transplant, and 60 days after seeding. When harvesting, be sure to cut the leaves down to the base. You may harvest garden-grown chives three to four times during the first year.

The flexibility, versatility, and flavor of chives make them a prime choice for anyone looking to add a little more green to their lives.

Sources: 

TheKitchn.com

GardeningKnowHow.com

Almanac.com

Indoor-Gardener.co.uk

100% Fresh Food News, Right at Your Fingertips!
Find out everything you need to know about clean and healthy eating when you sign up for our FREE email newsletter. Receive the latest news on all the top superfoods, recipes, natural remedies, diets, food tips, and more!
Your privacy is protected. Subscription confirmation required.

Related Articles
Comments
comments powered by Disqus

100% Fresh Food News, Right at Your Fingertips!
Find out everything you need to know about clean and healthy eating when you sign up for our FREE email newsletter. Receive the latest news on all the top superfoods, recipes, natural remedies, diets, food tips, and more!
Your privacy is protected. Subscription confirmation required.

Popular articles