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Chive Seeds - Allium schoenoprasum - Versatile, Delicious, and Perennial

Chive Seeds - Allium schoenoprasum - Versatile, Delicious, and Perennial

Quantity: 100+ Seeds


Chives, aka Allium schoenoprasum, are a really delicious and versatile member of the onion family, Amaryllidaceae. These long lived perennial plants are very hardy, down to zone 5. Chives taste very much like onions, but they aren't as pungent. They're essential in the kitchen, as they make an excellent garnish for so many dishes. 


The plants divide at the base multiple times in a year to eventually form a large clump of plants. To harvest, it's best to cut the leaves about an inch above the soil line; they'll regenerate very quickly this way, giving you endless harvests until winter.


All seeds are organic and open pollinated.

  • Growing Instructions

    It’s best to start Chive seeds as early in the season as possible; we start them here on the farm in January, but because they're perennial, they can really be planted at any time in the growing season, assuming that the ground can stay moist as the plants establish their roots. If started indoors, it's good to sow them in a sterile growing medium; most available seed starting soils should do the job nicely; we use sunshine mix (peat moss and perlite). The soil should be made moist, but not damp. Sow the seeds 1/8 - 1/4 inch below the soil surface. Store in a warm area until tiny sprouts emerge from the soil. A heat mat greatly aids in this step, but is not necessary. Seeds can take between 2-4 weeks to germinate, but they can sometimes take less time too. Once germinated, and the first true leaf has formed, it's time to pot up to a larger container that contains a good quality potting soil. Transplant to their final location when the plants have 2 or 3 leaves. These plants grow best in full sun. These plants are drought, flood, disease, and pest resistant.

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