Growing Chives, also Garden chives

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Chives in Australia - tropical regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 5 cm apart
  • Harvest in 7-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Carrots, Tomatoes, Parsley, Apples
  • Chive flowers (foreground)

Grass-like leaves in clumps. Likes full sun but not too dry.

Chives are a perennial but die down in winter. You can dig up a small clump to pot up for indoor use in winter.

Remove flowers to encourage a continuous supply of leaves.

If weeding gets away from you, you can easily distinguish chives from grass because chives have a hollow leaf stem and onion smell.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Chives

Use raw in salads or as a mild onion flavour in cooked dishes.

Your comments and tips

09 May 18, Fish (Canada - Zone 2b Sub-Arctic climate)
Yes they are, when I started my garden they where sustaineable and string. Good tucka.
30 Sep 16, Balvinder Singh (Australia - tropical climate)
Are wild chives and onion weed the same?
03 Sep 16, Detlef (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
The black creatures you have seen on your chives are a type of aphid. Here in Tassie I have had them on spring onions, Garlic chives and chives. They can be gotten rid of with any food crop safe organic mild insecticide. I have used a white oil insecticide with great success. Cheers
02 Mar 15, Kate a (Australia - temperate climate)
I've planted a herb garden about three months ago and everything is going well except my chives! They're yellow at the tips and keep dying every time there is new growth
19 Oct 14, Peter Mackenzie (Australia - tropical climate)
Mandee try an area that has full sun (at least 6 hours) and use a premium potting mix for vegies and herbs, a good soil improver mix, and a few handfulls of dolomite. Water gently and heavily early in the morning on tue.,thurs., and sat. & after afternoon tea time on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. And give it some fish emulsion, & seaweed mix on planting and once a fortnight . Try that.
05 Feb 14, Pollyanna holmes (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
What do you mean by medicinal edible salts as far as chives you have to dry them with salt or suchlike many thanks
21 Dec 13, Derek Mallon (Australia - temperate climate)
I just went to harvest some seeds from our chives and began separating the seeds from the dead flowers. I had to stop because some of the seeds started jumping around the bench. I finally discovered that these seeds were fleas. My question is, are fleas a pest for chives. And why would fleas be attracted to chives.
11 Oct 13, (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi there I live in perth and have had no luck in growing chives in pots, I have tried chook poo and no chook poo, sunny and part sunny spots, but the chives just die or don.t grow at all. I seem to grow everything else. What am I doing wrong. Thanks mandee
27 Oct 13, Ferran (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
check the soil they like it nice and light with slight moisture not too wet, doesn't need to be too nutritious. If you are buying them from the super market i find they don't do too well. Try a garden store, if you by them from a garden store they will often be very willing to give advice. Time of year can also be affecting them. Rather than using chook poo which can be a bit strong try worm wee or a small amount of worm "tea" dug around the roots. Also make sure they have enough space. Good luck! - Ferran
31 Aug 13, Narelle stirey (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Like all bulbs they appreciate room, so divide your clumps regularly. Also they like a sandy but humus rich premium soil so consider that and give them side dressings of manure and pick flowers. I cut mine off at the base and sell/use both flowers and leaves to make medicinal , edible salts.
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I've planted a herb garden about three months ago and everything is going well except my chives! They're yellow at the tips and keep dying every time there is new growth

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