Chives are cool-season perennials that should be planted early in the year.  To learn more about chives, click here.

CULTIVATION

Soil preparation: Chives grow best in well drained, moist and fertile soils.  Before planting add well-composted organic matter and fertilizer for best results. To learn more about soil preparation, click here. 

Planting:

  • Chives can be grown from seeds, transplants or divisions, planting directions will vary depending on the type you choose.
  • Seeds should be planted 1-4 inch deep.
  • Transplants should be planted in late April to early May.
  • Plants should be spaced 4-6 inches apart. 

Irrigation:  Chives need to be watered regularly, if they are seedlings try not to over water them.   To learn more about irrigation, click here.

Fertilization:  Chives may need some additional fertilization in May and July.  For more information on fertilization, click here. 

Harvest: Cut back chives 60 days after seeding or 30 days after transplanting.  Harvest 3-4 times during the first year.  They can be used fresh or easily dried and stored.

COMMON PESTS AND DISEASES: Thrips and Root Maggots are insects that will limit the growth of chives.  Pink Root and Downey Mildew are diseases that will negatively affect chives.  To learn more about pests and diseases, click here.