Chives (allium schoenoprasum) are a member of the onion family whose tubular leaves are used fresh or dried as a spice. Although you can buy dried chives, fresh chives are best because chive leaves lose a lot of their flavor when dried or exposed to heat. So growing your own chives makes it easy to have fresh chives on hand when you need them. Chives are a perennial, so you will have them for years to come once you sow them in your garden, and they are easy enough to grow for any beginning grower to succeed. Chives can even be grown indoors in a kitchen window sill or sunny window to be enjoyed year-round. Chives are closely related to scallions, garlic, leeks and onions, and all of these plants are in the genus allium. Chives are probably the mildest of all these relatives. Chives are not to be confused with garlic chives, which is used more commonly in Asian cuisine. Chives are probably best known for being paired with sour cream on top of a baked potato, but try using them in your other dips, in salads or on fish. Aside from their culinary use, chives have flowers that can add aesthetic appeal to your landscape. Most chives have purple flowers, but these seeds produce chives with white flowers. As with all the seeds we offer, these chive seeds are NON-GMO. WE ALSO OFFER NON-GMO GARLIC CHIVE SEEDS.
Growing Information: For best results, soak your seed overnight in water before sowing. This is not necessary, but it will help the seeds soak up moisture more easily than letting the hydrate from contact with the soil. You can direct sow outdoors after the last frost or start them earlier indoors. Since you are only using the leaves, and you do not have to develop fruits, it is probably not necessary to start ahead indoors. The advantage of starting outside is that you will not have to harden off your plants. Sow your seeds ¼” deep. Optimal germination temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but they will still sprout at temperatures down to 60. If the temperature is too high, it could prevent germination though. Most soils will work, but a sandy well-draining soil is recommended. You can harvest chives at any time after the plant is big enough to handle losing leaves. Harvest as needed. Established plants can be used for propagation by dividing the clumps.
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