Sowing Seeds For Chives - Knowledgebase Question

New Hope, PA
Question by phil79
March 1, 2001
WHEN STARTING CHIVES OR PARSLEY FROM SEED, HOW MANY SEEDS ARE SOWN IN ONE POT. WILL ONE OR TWO SEEDS GIVE THE EVENTUAL CLUSTER OF CHIVES?


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Answer from NGA
March 1, 2001

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When starting chives, one could use just a seed or two but that would mean waiting several seasons for a strong clump of chives to form. You might try a dozen seeds spread out a bit in the pot to make a nice clump sooner. The clumps can be divided later to make additional plants.

Parsley can also be sown with just a few seeds per pot, however the germination rate of parsley seed tends to be a bit low so at a minimum I would suggest about half a dozen seeds to ensure a better start.

With some experimentation you will see what yields the right amount according to your definition of thick and thin.

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