Perennial. Leaves & flowers are edible (mild onion flavour).
Onion Chives Growing Guide
- can harvest leaves as soon they are big enough to clip
- cut back as required – encourages growth
- if not cutting entire plant, cut leaves from outer part of clump
- cut leaves down to base when harvesting (within 1-2 inches from soil)
- 1st year: harvest 3-4 times
- subsequent years: monthly
- prefers moist
- prefers full sun; ok in partial shade
- yes; mild frost
- not needed for fully grown plants
- water regularly till well-rooted. Then only occasionally.
- can mulch to conserve moisture and hamper weed growth
- after flowers bloom, remove them to prevent seeds from spreading. Also will promote more leaves.
- divide plants every 3-4 times in spring. More productive if divided regularly. Let divided plants grow for several weeks before harvesting.
apple, carrot, rosemary, sunflower, tomato
- part of onion family
- 12-24 inches tall. May spread across a foot
- edible flowers
- will take over garden if flowers allowed to ripen (flowers scatter seeds). But easy to dig up.
- best used when fresh or frozen. Freeze in airtight bags (can even chop up before freezing)
- can preserve in butter, oils, vinegars. Blends well with parsley & tarragon
Our Onion Chives Progress
Our onion chives was gifted to us by Melisse (neighbour). Planted both in front & back garden.
- Chives – Planting, Growing, Harvesting (almanac.com)
- Chives Growing Guide (growveg.com.au)
- Growing Chives (bonnieplants.com)