Newest Review: ... with carrots and so far my carrots have not succumbed to carrot fly. Chives will happily grow up to about 60cms. Once the Chives... more
Member Name: loulou6
Date: 17/03/01, updated on 17/03/01 (76 review reads)
Advantages: really easy to grow
Disadvantages: can pop up anywhere
Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are native to the Northern Hemisphere. They are an exceedingly easy perennial to grow and if left to flower (which also looks nice in a flower border) it will re-seed readily, you'll be finding new chive plants sprouting in the most unlikely places all over the garden (you may wish to watch that!). Usually though, you’ll have to resort to planting them from small bulbs called sets in the earliest part of spring.
Chives are best grown in full sun, (well, as close as we can get to full sun anyway!) and in moist/well drained soil they can grow to a foot in height. Clumps of the dark green, round, hollow leaves should be divided every 3 to 4 years to prevent them from looking ‘weedy’. In otherwords, give your chives a “haircut” frequently! They can be prone to aphids, caterpillars and mildew root, so do your normal gardening around them.
As with all members of the Allium genus chives contain sulfur, some iron and Vitamins, being especially high in Vitamin A and C. They also contain allicin, which may help lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and may even prevent certain types of cancer.
Because you can start harvesting within 6 weeks of planting this is a good ‘hobby’ for children to enjoy. With a mild sweet onion flavour chives can be chopped as a garnish. Sprinkled on food, they can stimulate the appetite, or they can promote digestion. Chives really complement egg and tomato dishes. I use the chopped leaves in salads, soups and cheese dishes, and of course cottage cheese – yum. (btw, they don’t keep their flavour when their dried)
* Remember, hang bunches of chives in your home to ward off evil spirits!! *
More reviews in the field of Plant
- Under the weather? Turn to sunflower extract
- Gets rid of that smell of Garlic
- Rosemary will make your hair grow!
- Instead of that strong onion
- Brief Respite from Sleepless Nights
- Cineraria: an unusual silver-leaved addition to a garden
- Know your onions
- Strawberry fields forever
- My garden can't give up smoking
- A is for Algarve and Apricot