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Chives

Chives

Botanical Name: Allium schoenoprasum

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Description

90 days. Chive is an easy-to-grow, perennial green onion. Leaves are round like a green onion but narrower. Leaves grow to 12" tall; flower heads reach a height of 20". This is a cold hardy plant, so it can be harvested early in spring and late into fall. It's also a great permaculture plant because it is part-shade tolerant and provides an edible ground cover that reseeds readily without becoming aggressively weedy. Walnut tolerant—they can be planted near walnut trees without being affected by Juglone (the chemical in walnut trees that affects many plants). All Alliums, including chives, are resistant to deer, groundhogs, and other animals that also like to eat our food! Chive plants are easy to divide. Chive leaves can be used in the kitchen like scallions but their more delicate flavor lends to a greater variety of use. Scapes (immature flower tops) can be cooked as well. Use Chives to dress up everything from a hearty lentil soup to a creamy sauce drizzled over pan-roasted salmon.

Growing

Growing Instructions(for USDA zone 5b):

Direct seed in spring 1” apart, 1/4” deep. Keep weed free.

 

Harvest:

Cut chives with scissors anytime 1-2 inches above the soil.

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Chives are perennial plants that produce seed reliably each year, but require cold exposure for vernalization and may not produce seed until the second year. They are cross-pollinated, so maintain at least five plants for seed saving. They are the only crop in the species Allium schoenoprasum, so isolation shouldn’t be a concern. Seeds are viable for 2 years. Can also be propagated by dividing the bulbs.

 

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Description

90 days. Chive is an easy-to-grow, perennial green onion. Leaves are round like a green onion but narrower. Leaves grow to 12" tall; flower heads reach a height of 20". This is a cold hardy plant, so it can be harvested early in spring and late into fall. It's also a great permaculture plant because it is part-shade tolerant and provides an edible ground cover that reseeds readily without becoming aggressively weedy. Walnut tolerant—they can be planted near walnut trees without being affected by Juglone (the chemical in walnut trees that affects many plants). All Alliums, including chives, are resistant to deer, groundhogs, and other animals that also like to eat our food! Chive plants are easy to divide. Chive leaves can be used in the kitchen like scallions but their more delicate flavor lends to a greater variety of use. Scapes (immature flower tops) can be cooked as well. Use Chives to dress up everything from a hearty lentil soup to a creamy sauce drizzled over pan-roasted salmon.

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Growing

Growing Instructions(for USDA zone 5b):

Direct seed in spring 1” apart, 1/4” deep. Keep weed free.

 

Harvest:

Cut chives with scissors anytime 1-2 inches above the soil.

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Chives are perennial plants that produce seed reliably each year, but require cold exposure for vernalization and may not produce seed until the second year. They are cross-pollinated, so maintain at least five plants for seed saving. They are the only crop in the species Allium schoenoprasum, so isolation shouldn’t be a concern. Seeds are viable for 2 years. Can also be propagated by dividing the bulbs.

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