Growing Chives - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Ann Camarata
Baker City, OR
Question by jcama
May 17, 1999
I just started gardening and am unsure of how to successfully grow and cultivate chives.


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Answer from NGA
May 17, 1999

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Chives are perennial plants that grow in clumps and may reach 2' in height, but are generally kept cut back so the grass-like leaves can be used in the kitchen. Grow your chives in a sunny or lightly shaded garden site, in moist, fairly rich soil. Harvest by cutting the amount of foliage you need with a pair of scissors. The plants will remain evergreen in mild winter areas but will go dormant if winter weather is cold. If your plants become dormant, the roots will remain alive and will produce new foliage the following spring. Some gardeners allow the plants to develop flower stalks which produce a globe-like cluster of purple flowers.

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