Chive Stat Summary
Plant Spacing: 6-8" (152-203 mm)
Row Spacing: 12-16" (304-406 mm)
Planting Depth: 1/4" (6 mm)
Plants Per Person: 4
Soil Temperature: 60-75°F (16-24°C)
Days to Emergence: 7-21
Recommended Soil PH: 6.2-6.8
Earliest Outdoor Planting: Before Last Frost
Can direct seed outdoors
Can seed indoors
Chives are not fussy about their location, however, they grow best in full sun and moderately rich slightly acid soil (pH 6.2 to 6.8) that drains well. Growing chives from seed is a possible but slow process; you probably won't get any usable chives until year 2. Most gardeners prefer to purchase a clump of bulbs; set clumps of 4 to 6 bulbs each about 8 inches apart.
Snip off flowers to prevent unwanted reseeding; in cooler climates they can be invasive. Divide and replant clumps in fresh soil every three to five years.
Harvesting and Storing Chive
Chives can be harvested as soon as tops grow to 6 inches. Use a sharp knife or scissors and cut leaves about 2 inches above the ground.
Chive Insect and Disease Information
Chives are rarely bothered by insects or diseases.
Chive Yield Information
No yield information for Chive.
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