CHIVES Allium schoenoprasum
Perennial - Permanent Plant - Height 6 to 12 inches
Foliage has delicate onion-like flavor. Ideal for flavoring salads, soups or stews. Also used in dips, sauces or with cottage cheese. Cut leaves quickly grow back. Easy to grow.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Start seeds outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. For early plants, seed indoors from March to April. Seed directly outdoors May through September.
THINNING AND TRANSPLANTING: When plants are about 2 inches high, thin to 4 inches apart. Carefully replant thinned seedlings.
GERMINATION: Approx. 10 to 14 days, depending upon soil and weather conditions. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Keep a few plants near the kitchen door for easy access. Plants can also be grown indoors on a windowsill during the winter months. Easy to grow in open ground or in containers. Can be harvested continuously once mature. For best flavor and texture harvest prior to flowering. Leaves can also be dried for later use.