Chives grown in an old strawberry pot on our patio. This plant is over ten years old.


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Best known for their use as a garnish for things like baked potatoes.
Allium schoenoprasum

Interestingly, Allium schoenoprasum is the only Allium species native to both New and Old Worlds. In Europe, they have been cultivated since the Middle Ages, although their usage dates back thousands of years.

As a culinary herb, its scrapes (stems) and the unopened, immature flower buds are diced and used as a flavoring ingredient in soups, fish, and potato recipes. Chives are commonly available in grocery stores and should be a common plant in everyone's kitchen garden. They are probably best known for their use as a garnish, along with butter and sour cream, on baked potatoes. Can be used fresh or dried.

Chives reportedly possess insect-repelling properties that can be used in your garden to deter pests. Long-lived and hardy perennial. Each packet contains 0.5 gram, which is approximately 440 seeds.

See also 'Garlic Chives'
I had never started chives from seed before, but they were incredibly easy - great germination, easy to transplant. My son accidentally "weeded" them shortly after transplanting, but I was able to salvage them and all bounced back beautifully. Obviously very hard to kill, hardy in all weather conditions, and have lovely flowers, even in the first year. Highly recommended, and you'll have plenty of seed to share with others.
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