Chives are members of the alliums or onion genus. They belong in the lily family as a consequence. Widely considered to be a valuable culinary herb, chives also has many of the medicinal and health properties of the other alliums. Growing chives isn’t at all difficult and in fact it grows wild through much of North America, Asia and Europe. It is also native to these areas. Normally, these plants are grown for their leaves. The roots are small and tend to be flattened, while the blossoms don’t have the robust flavor than the leaves have. The flowers are pretty, though, which make them suitable for flowerbeds. They even grow well in pots. There are two main species of chives; garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) and onion chives (Allium schoenoprasum). Onion chives have beautiful purple flowers and garlic chives have white ones. The leaves of garlic chives are also flat, rather than round and hollow like onion chives. Soil Chives will grow in most soil, from poor to rich. Though they do best and grow fastest in good soil like that found in most gardens and flowerbeds, they aren’t particularly picky. The soil should drain well, so if the dirt is primarily clay, it is a good idea to dig in some finished compost and/or sphagnum moss. Fertilizer for chives For the best crop of chives, they can be fertilized every month throughout the growing season with either liquid fish fertilizer or a diluted solution of 20-20-20 liquid fertilizer. Bonnie’s Plants Continue Reading →
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