Perennial. Narrow, grass-like leaves have mild onion-like flavor. Easy to grow. Cut leaves quickly grow back.Very showy in full bloom with ball-shaped lavender-pink flowers. Leaves are ideal to use for flavoring salads, eggs, potatoes, cheese dips, casseroles, soups or stews. Also used in dips, sauces or with cottage cheese. Young flower blossoms can be used as edible garnish.
Height: 12-18 in.
Approximately 90 days to maturity.
Chives (1 gram, approx. 900 seeds) *
PRICE: $2 per gram
*Seeds sold by weight. All seed counts are approximate.
Start seeds outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. For early plants, seed indoors from March to April. Seed directly outdoors May through September. Plant spacing: 18 inches. Planting depth 1/4 inch. Keep soil moderately moist during germination. A bulb spreads and forms clumps of tubular leaves 12-18 inches high.
Care & Harvesting
Can be harvested continuously once mature. Remove outer-edge leaves then work inward. For best flavor and texture harvest prior to flowering. Snip leaves using scissors at the base of the plant to encourage growth.
Use in Cooking
Ideal for flavoring salads, eggs, potatoes, casseroles, soups or stews. Also used in dips, sauces or with cottage cheese. Young flower blossoms are an edible garnish. Chopped leaves also make an attractive garnish.
Leaves can be dried for later use. Fresh leaves freeze well in airtight containers or plastic bags.