- Chives will do really well in full sun, but they will also tolerate light shade.
- Plant 10-15cm apart in fertile soil - either in the ground or they look great in pots!
- Water regularly during hot, dry spells - If you start to see brown/yellow tips, this is probably a sign that the plants need a little more water
- After flowering, the flower heads will produce a lot of seeds. These will reseed all over the place if you leave them to their own devices, so do pull of dead flower heads if you want to keep them under control!
- Use a pair of scissors to cut off chives 2-3 cm from the base of the plant. They will soon grow back.
- The flowers can be eaten too - tear the individual flowers off from the main stem (if you look closely you'll see there is a clump of flowers growing on a single stem) and sprinkle over salads and pasta dishes for a light oniony flavour. It's very decorative!
Annual or Perennial?
Chives are perennial so will die back in late autumn/early winter and reappear early in spring the following year.
Are Chives good for Companion Planting?
You can happily pop pots of chives next to a row of carrots. The oniony scent will help to deter carrot fly.