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Growing Chives, also Garden chives

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
P P P P           P P P

(Best months for growing Chives in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 2 inches apart
  • Harvest in 7-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Carrots, Tomatoes, Parsley, Apples
  • Chive flowers (foreground)

Grass-like leaves in clumps. Likes full sun but not too dry.

Chives are a perennial but die down in winter. You can dig up a small clump to pot up for indoor use in winter.

Remove flowers to encourage a continuous supply of leaves.

If weeding gets away from you, you can easily distinguish chives from grass because chives have a hollow leaf stem and onion smell.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Chives

Use raw in salads or as a mild onion flavour in cooked dishes.

Your comments and tips

13 Sep 18, Kathy Rielly (New Zealand - temperate climate)
can chives been grown in pots?
14 Sep 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Kathy, you can grow chives in pots. They form a clump and will last a few years if you keep cutting them.
15 Sep 18, Kathy Rielly (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Thanks Liz, put them in a pot today.
09 May 18, Fish (Canada - Zone 2b Sub-Arctic climate)
Yes they are, when I started my garden they where sustaineable and string. Good tucka.
24 Mar 17, WON CHO (Canada - Zone 3a Temperate Short Summer climate)
Where can I get some seeds of chives? I'd like to plant them in my garden.
24 Mar 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
There are quite a number of online suppliers of chive seeds in Canada. Search 'herb seeds' on the internet and click on a site then look for 'chive seed'. All the best.
30 Sep 16, Balvinder Singh (Australia - tropical climate)
Are wild chives and onion weed the same?
03 Sep 16, Detlef (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
The black creatures you have seen on your chives are a type of aphid. Here in Tassie I have had them on spring onions, Garlic chives and chives. They can be gotten rid of with any food crop safe organic mild insecticide. I have used a white oil insecticide with great success. Cheers
13 Jun 16, Kobus (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
can I make money with chives from my home garden?
02 Mar 15, Kate a (Australia - temperate climate)
I've planted a herb garden about three months ago and everything is going well except my chives! They're yellow at the tips and keep dying every time there is new growth
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I've planted a herb garden about three months ago and everything is going well except my chives! They're yellow at the tips and keep dying every time there is new growth

- Kate a

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