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SEED TYPE: COMMON CHIVES Allium schoenoprasum

Chives, scientific name Allium schoenoprasum, is a species of flowering plant in the family Amaryllidaceae that produces edible leaves and flowers. Their close relatives include the common onions, garlic, shallot, leek, scallion, and Chinese onion.

Are chives a herb or vegetable?
Chives are a green vegetable with a mild onion-like flavor. They are in the Allium genus, which also includes garlic, onions, and leeks. People have cultivated allium vegetables for centuries for their characteristic pungent flavors in cooking and their medicinal properties.

Common chives consist of clumps of small, slender bulbs that produce thin, tubular, blue-green leaves reaching 10-15 inches in height. The edible, flavorful flowers may be white, pink, purple, or red, depending on variety. They can be grown in zones 3 to 9.

Are chives healthy?
Chives are a nutrient-dense food. This means that they are low in calories but high in beneficial nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. That said, to get a significant amount of these nutrients, a person would have to eat a large quantity of chives. Instead, people often use chives as a garnish.

What do u use chives for?
Snip chives with scissors instead of chopping them, and do not subject them to much cooking as they are delicate. Instead, use chives in garnishes, salads, egg mayonnaise sandwiches, vegetable stocks, soups, creamy sauces, potato dishes and omelettes, adding the herb to the dish just before serving.

Common CHIVES Allium schoenoprasum Herb Organically Grown

  • Zone: 3-9
    Life Cycle: Perennial
    Sun Exposure: Chives thrive in full sun They tolerate light shade, but six to eight hours of direct light is best.
    Soil Moisture: well drained soil rich in organic matter. A pH range of 6.0-7.0 is best.
    Height: 10" - 15" high
    Bloom Time: May / June (Summer)

    How To Sew: Sow two inches apart or broadcast them on the planting area and cover lightly with 1/4 inch of soil. Keep the earth moist but not waterlogged.

    Should I let my chives flower?
    The chive plant will flower in late spring or early summer. The flowers are edible and taste best just after they have opened—they should look full and bright.

    Will chives rebloom?
    When to cut back chives – Chives are extremely cold hardy, and will start growing in late winter or early spring. So, it's best to cut them down to the ground in late fall. You can also cut them back again after they're done blooming to promote growth.

    Do chives come back every year?
    It will grow back the following year. Wait to harvest your chives when the plant is at least six inches tall. Blossoms: Clip the flower at the base of its stem. The stem is edible but is often tougher and “woodier” in taste than its leaves.

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