These delicate leaves have a mild onion flavor perfect for salads, vegetables, egg dishes and soups. The clover-like purple flowers appear in the spring - they are edible and make a colorful and flavorful addition to salads. Chives are great edging plants in the herb, vegetable or flower garden and grow well in containers. Clumping growth to 2-feet tall. A winter hardy perennial for zones 3 and above. Packet is ½ gram, about 375 seeds.
Allium schoenoprasum var. sibiricum
Fast-growing to 2 feet tall, 'Gigantic' Chives flat leaves are gray-green with mild onion flavor, just a hint of garlic. Globes of bright white, star-shaped edible flowers in late summer. Delicious in salads, vegetables, egg dishes and soups. Use to edge the herb, vegetable or flower garden, or grow in containers. Winter hardy to zone 3.
How to Plant CHIVES Seeds.
Sow 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 6-8 inches apart, in rows 18 inches apart. Can direct sow as soon as soil warms, ¼ inch deep, 1-2 seeds per inch. Thin to 2-3 plants every 6-8 inches.
Comments: Full or part sun. Best appearance and production with rich soil and regular water. Harvest by cutting leaves back to 2 inches 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.