Soil

What soil is good for Chives?

Well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in.

Position

How much sun does Chives need?

Full to part sun. 

Frost Tolerant

Is Chives frost tolerant?

Yes. Chives are a hardy perennial that will die back in winter and re-surface in spring.

Spacing

How much space does Chives need?

Roughly 20cm apart.

Planting

When should I plant Chives?

Sow or transplant in spring once the danger of frost has passed. Chives can also be sown indoors in late winter and transplanted in spring. 

If transplanting seedlings, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn. 

Feeding

What do I feed Chives?

Not essential. However, if plants begin to show signs of deficiency, feed with a light application of organic fertiliser.  

Harvesting

When can I harvest Chives?

Harvest by trimming a few centimeters above ground level.

Pests

What pests does Chives get?

Aphids, Slug, Snail, Allium Leaf Miner, Thrips, Onion Maggot

Diseases

What diseases does Chives get?

Allium White Rot, Downy Mildew

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Chives?

Chives produce beautiful round white flowers in late summer. If left on the plant, flowers will produce black seeds, you can collect these for next season.

Chives may become a little tougher in texture during mid to late summer. 

Troubleshooting

How do I troubleshoot my growing problems?

 Can become invasive, cut back flowers if you don't want them re-seeding in the garden. 

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