Aromatics

Chives: a delicious aromatic


Chives are an aromatic plant that is easy to grow and useful in cooking.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Allium schoenoprasum
Family : Alliaceae
Type : Condiment plant, perennial

Height
: 20 to 40 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary

Flowering : Summer -Harvest : April to October

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Maintenance, from planting to harvest, will ensure you get beautiful chives throughout the seasons.

Sowing and planting chives

To sow chive seeds, preferably do a sowing in place in spring. Seeding chives is easy to do.

  • Sow in light soil, ideally potting soil.
  • Avoid direct sun at the start.
  • Water as soon as the soil is dry on the surface.
  • Plant as soon as the seedling has reached ten centimeters.

Properly plant the chives:

You can plant young plants purchased in pots, soil or pots. The best period is from April to October.

  • For pot chives, prefer a partially shaded situation, avoiding hot areas at all costs.
  • Watering as soon as the soil is dry on the surface is necessary.

Potted chives:

Growing chives in pots is quite possible and even recommended for anyone who has a terrace and wants to have a small vegetable patch.

  • Sow directly into the pot, ideally filled with potting soil.
  • For young chive plants, plant directly in the final pot.
  • A larger diameter pot allows the chives to develop properly.

Caring for chives

Once in place, chives are low maintenance, grow on their own and multiply easily.

  • Cut the flowers regularly to prevent the plant from going to seed. The flowers are good to eat.
  • However, keep a few flowers in order to encourage spontaneous sowing, this is the guarantee of seeing your chives develop.
  • Indeed, do not hesitate to shake your head to drop the seeds which will produce new chive shoots.

Before winter, protect the chives from the cold to be able to harvest throughout the winter.

  • The best thing is to put the chives on top of a glass bell or put them in a small greenhouse.
  • Chives can grow in winter if temperatures remain above 10-12 °.

To know about chives

Fragrant and flavoring, chives are an excellent plant to accompany salads, sauces, cream cheeses and omelets throughout summer and into early fall.

Easy to grow, you just have to be careful not to overwater as you risk rotting the bulbs.

This plant is also very ornamental thanks to its summer flowering and can therefore adorn your borders, paths and flower beds.

Smart tip

As comfortable outside as inside, you can grow it all winter long in the garden or on the windowsill, taking care to give it the maximum light and protect it from the gel.


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