Interested in growing chives for your next herb garden? This guide covers sun requirements, planting times, feeding and watering, harvesting tips, and common pests and diseases.
What soil is good for Chives?
Well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in.
How much sun does Chives need?
Full to part sun.
Is Chives frost tolerant?
Yes. Chives are a hardy perennial that will die back in winter and re-surface in spring.
How much space does Chives need?
Roughly 20cm apart.
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.
What do I feed Chives?
Not essential. However, if plants begin to show signs of deficiency, feed with a light application of organic fertiliser.
When can I harvest Chives?
Harvest by trimming a few centimeters above ground level.
What pests does Chives get?
Aphids, Slug, Snail, Allium Leaf Miner, Thrips, Onion Maggot
What diseases does Chives get?
Allium White Rot, Downy Mildew
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.
How do I troubleshoot my growing problems?
Can become invasive, cut back flowers if you don't want them re-seeding in the garden.