Chives

Chives

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Album schoenoprasum

Chives are an easy to grown perennial plant that are beneficial to grow as as edible herb, and a natural pest repellent.  Both the leaves and lovely purple flowers are edible with a mild onion flavour.

It grows in dense clumps with grass-like flat leaves reaching approx. 25 cm. 

Sow seed approx. 5mm deep, mid-Spring or divide established clumps in Spring or Autumn. Germination approx. 7-14 days, full sun, rich moist well-drained soil.  Matures in approx. 60-90 days. 

When dividing clumps, trim the tops, dig up entire clump, trim the roots and separate them into smaller groups. Each group can then be replanted. Division every three years improves the growth rate of the clumps.  In very cold regions it will die back in winter to reemerge in springSuitable to grow in large pots.

20 seeds per packet

Not to NT, SA, TAS or WA