Weekend Gardener Your Weekly Electronic Gardening Guide
Practical Horticulture for Busy People.

Chives Previous Next

About This Plant...
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Genus and species: Allium schoenoprasum
Plant type: perennial
Height and width: 18 inches high; 10-14 inches wide
Location and soil: sun or partial shade; rich, moist soil; will grow indoors
Uses: leaves give onion flavor to soups, stews, and sauces; meat, fish, and egg recipes; salads and vegetables
Propagation methods: seeds and division
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 8-10 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 3-4 weeks before last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 3-4 weeks before last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 10-14 days
Germination temp.: 60-70 degrees F.
Days to maturity: 80 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 12 inches
Spacing between rows: 12 inches
Growing On...
Harvest: snap or cut leaves off at the base; store by freezing leaves in freezer bags
Growing tips: remove spent blossoms; self-sows readily

© 1995-2000 Chestnut Software, Inc. All rights reserved.
[Weekend Gardener Home Page]
[The Official Seed Starting Home Page]
[Flower Seeds]
[Vegetable Seeds]
[Herb Seeds]