This popular perennial herb is very easy to grow, drought-tolerant, and makes a great companion plant because of its repelling aroma. Chives are great to have in at least one spot in your garden – we prefer planting it close to our lettuces. This standard chive variety has a mild onion flavor with heavy leaf production. It also has larger and thicker leaves that freeze or dry better than other varieties. It grows in clumps from underground bulbs and will produce round, hollow leaves that are much finer than an onion. We love adding it to tacos, salads, and eggs!
Days to Maturity: 75-85 days
Plant size: 10-12" tall
Plant spacing: 4-6” apart
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Chives prefer full sun to partial shade in rich, well-draining soil. Keep the soil moist but not soaked by watering consistently, especially during dry spells.
Harvesting: Individual leaves can be harvested once your plant has become established and can be harvested up until the flowering cycle begins. Cut the leaves close to the base of the pant. The more often you harvest the leaves and flowers, the more they will grow. You can use the leaves fresh or dry them.
Culinary: Chives are a delicious addition to stir-fries and soups and is very common in Asian cuisine. The flowers are edible and can be used as a garnish on salads, dips, sauces, soups, stir fries, and pizza. Yum!
Nutrients: Although used in a smaller portion, chives share similar benefits to garlic and chives, providing vitamins, and other medicinal.
Special considerations: Like bunching onions, mature plants can be dug up, divided, and placed in different areas in your garden to be harvested for years to come!
Companion planting: Plant your chives near berries, carrots, roses, tomatoes, parsley, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, mustard, peppers, potatoes, rhubarb, squash, strawberries, beets, and kohlrabi. Keep away from asparagus, beans, peas, and spinach. Garlic chives will improve the flavor and growth of companions while deterring aphids and Japanese beetles.
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.