chives - Knowledgebase Question

wadsworth, Oh
Question by bcayton
April 11, 2010
how do I get rid of chives? I dig them up every year,but they return.

Answer from NGA
April 11, 2010


Wild onion (Allium amplectens) is difficult to eradicate because even if the tops are killed back, stored energy from the bulb allows new foliage to emerge. Herbicides available to homeowners are not very effective against wild onion and repeat applications must be made. If you want to try, cut the foliage from the plant and immediately paint the stubs with glyphosate (Round Up). This is a vegetation killer and will kill lawns and nearby plants if they are touched with the chemical so apply carefully. The only other sure way of getting rid of the weedy plant is to dig it up, bulb and all.

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