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 ft. tall. A winter hardy perennial for zones 3 and above. Packet is ½ gram, about 375 seeds.
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How to Plant and Grow Chives
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 chives seedlings 6-8 in. apart, in rows 18 in. apart. Can direct sow chives as soon as soil warms, ¼ in. deep, 1-2 seeds per inch. Thin to 2-3 seedlings every 6-8 inches.
Grow Chives: Full or part sun. Best appearance and production with rich soil and regular water. Harvest chives by cutting leaves back to 2 in. 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.