Chives

Chives are the plant that keeps on giving. The chive plant, Allium schoenoprasum, is a member of the onion family. (Alliaceae).

Planted from a bulb this is a drought tolerant plant that produces a beautiful purple pom pom flower in the spring. Grown in a pot or in your garden you can snip away the top green leaves for flavoring in your cooking. Mid summer you should cut back the plant almost to the ground and allow them to come back from the bulb. If not cut back the plant will become tough and not as flavorful.

The easiest and most successful means of propagating chives is planting rooted clumps in spring, after frost danger has passed. Chives like sun but do like a little shade during long hot summers. They are fairly good at tolerating drought conditions, but are happiest in moist well-drained soil. Chives like sun but like a little shade during our Carolina hot summers. If you don't intend to eat the chive flowers or harvest the seeds, then you should remove the flower buds as soon as possible.

Chive flowers, if left on your plants, will slow the growing of new leaves (as most of the plant's energy instead goes into producing the flowers). Harvesting chives is as easy as growing chives. Once the chives are about a foot tall, simply snip off what you need. When harvesting chives, you can cut the chive plant back to half the size it currently is without harming the plant.

Season of Bloom
Summer
Height
up to 6"
Flower Color
purple
Soil
well drained.
Exposure
full Sun 6-8 hours.
Propagation
planting rooted clumps or seed.