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Flowering chives. The flowers are edible too!

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  • Chives are perennial. Your patch will grow bigger every year.
  • Collecting seed heads.

Chives

Allium tuberosum
Tasty green straws and pretty purple flowers.

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The smallest of all the Alliums, chives are considered by some to be the only species of Allium native to both the Old World and the New. The sulfur smell of the plant is said to repel garden insect pests while the flowers attract beneficial pollinators. This clumping onion survives winter in the Northeast and often blooms in early May.
Number of Seeds 200 seeds
Spacing in Row 4 to 8 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 to 24 inches
Planting Depth ¼ to ½ inch
Days to Germination 7 to 14 days
Days to Maturity 80 days
Height at Maturity 12 to 24 inches
Width at Maturity 10 to 14 inches
Chives are easy to grow and thrive in a number of garden places, including borders and containers. Start seeds indoors, about a week before outdoor soils can be worked. Keep watered but not wet. Transplant outdoors in clumps when chives are about 3" and the soil can be worked. Alternatively, direct sow outdoors in a weed free area as soon as soil can be worked. Chives will grow slowly at first, but are extremely hearty and fast growing once established. For best culinary quality, cut chives every week or two once they are established. The chive flowers are also edible when they are soft and pink.

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