The delicate leaves of chives carry a mild, onion flavor perfect for salads, vegetables, egg dishes, and soups. Clover-like, purple flowers appear in spring; they are edible, make a colorful and flavorful addition to salads. Immature flower buds can be added to stir-fries, or use them to add flavor to fish or potato dishes. Chives are great edging plants in the herb, vegetable, or flower garden. They will grow nicely in containers. Growth is clumping, to 2′ tall. A winter hardy perennial for zones 3 and above. Packet is ½ gram, about 375 seeds.
Staro chives is known for thick, deep green, flavorful leaves. Plants are high yielding, leaves easy to harvest. Mild onion flavor perfect for soups and vegetables. Clover-like purple flowers appear in spring. Edible blooms add interest and spice to salads. Staro chives is a handsome container plant. Growth is clumping, to 2′ tall. Winter hardy to zone 3.
How to Plant Chives Seeds.
Sow chives seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and lightly cover. Darkness will aid germination. Kept at 70°F., germination averages 7-14 days. Transplant chives seedlings 6-8″ apart, in rows 18″ apart. Can direct sow chives as soon as soil warms, ¼″ deep, 1-2 seeds per inch. Thin to 2-3 seedlings every 6-8″.
Growing chives: Full or part sun. Best appearance and production with rich soil and regular water. Harvest chives by cutting leaves back to 2″ tall. Fresh cut leaves last about 7 days in the refrigerator. In zip-lock bags placed in the freezer, quality is preserved for about 1 year. Flavor of leaves declines when plants bloom, shear leaves back as flower buds develop. Chives flowers are showy and edible, attract bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant.