Perennial allioideae herbs: Chives 


Perennial allioideae herbs: Chives


Tarragon, Sage, Thyme, Lemon balm
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Early start: from March to April
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Seeding: from March to July
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Division: March (Chives should not be propagated by dividing the plants any more frequently than every two to three years.)
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Planting: If started early: 3 weeks after early start, if bought: April
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Distance: 15.00 – 20.0 cm x 5.00 – 10.0 cm
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Harvest: Year 1: If started early: 6 weeks after early start, if sown: 6 weeks after seeding, if planted: 4 weeks after planting. Not before May and not after frost, year 2: from May to frost
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Habitat: sunny, partial shade
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Perennial. Chives goes well with thyme, sage, tarragon and lemon balm.
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Chives is a perennial plant which reaches a height of 15 to 30 cm.
Types of chives include:

  • Corsican white chives and Forescate purple chives
  • Chives with fine stems and coarse stems
  • Chive hybrids with a garlic flavour


They need a sunny to partially shaded location with good garden soil.


Chives can be propagated by seed and by division.
You dig the existing plants out of the soil and cut the roots in two with a knife. Now both parts can be replanted.
Chives propagates itself via its mature flowers.
Chives needs cold to germinate.




Plants that are well suited for next year cultivation:

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The following plants should not be planted in the following years:

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Before the first frost (late autumn), completely harvest the chives and cover the plants with mulch.


  • Water and fertilise regularly. The soil must be well drained.
  • Regularly cut off the flowers so that the chives stay tender.
In spring each year mix a little compost into the soil. This will allow the chives to stay in the same spot for 20 years.


The smell of chives can successfully repel a variety of pests.


Chives can be harvested the entire year.
In the first year it should be harvested with some restraint.
When harvesting chives, you should cut the outer stems about 2 to 3 cm above the soil, as the new shoots mostly form inside the plant.


Chives freeze well.


Chives are used fresh with curd cheese, in vinaigrette sauces, in herb butter, on soup or simply eaten plain on bread.


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