The Q&A Archives: Tranplanting Herbs, Sage, Thyme, Chive

Question: I have been successful with container herb gardening, but now I have the opportunity and space to move the perennial herbs in my containers to a bed. When should I do this? I have a good sage plant, and thyme plant. I just replanted chive in the container and it is not doing real well. I pulled out the old after 3 years. It was dying in the center.

Answer: You can plant container grown plants any time during the growing season. Make sure they are well watered until they become established. Chives respond well to division every other year or so, and this might explain why it was dying out in the center. Chives also do best in a rich soil that is evenly moist yet well drained, although ti will tolerate a drier soil. The sage and thyme will tolerate a drier environment and do best in a leaner soil and full sun.

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