How to Grow Chives


  • Sowing Instructions
  • How to Transplant
  • Crop Maintenance
  • How to Harvest

Sowing Instructions

  • Sowing Time: Early spring
  • Sowing location: Direct in soil or 9cm pots
  • Sow seeds thinnly into pots
  • Soak soil before sowing seeds
  • Lightly cover seeds with potting compost
  • Germination after 2 to 3 weeks

How to Transplant

  • Once seedlings are large enough to handle (10cm tall)
  • Transplant out into the garden
  • Generally 6 to 8 weeks after germination
  • Harden off before transplanting to outdoors location
  • Note: Chives are perennials
  • Position where they will grow for many years
  • Space 60cm apart
  • Prefers a sunny location with space to spread
  • Soil: Well drained, sandy soil - Moderate fertility is fine

Crop Maintenance

  • Keep moist & weed free
  • Chives need full sunshine
  • Prune off flowering heads to prevent seeding & encourage leaf growth
  • Plant in & around your vegetable garden to repel pests
  • Can repel the carrot fly
  • Clumps will need to be divided every 3 years

How to Harvest

  • This is a perennial plant & will live for many years
  • They can be harvested each year
  • Remove stalks from the base
  • Remove the outer & older stalks
  • Best to harvest before flowering
  • Do not remove more than 1/3 of the plant at a time


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