Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive full sun to partial shade. Space plants 8-10″ apart in average soil that is well-drained. Does well in containers or mixed pots. Plant height 12-24″. Attracts bees and butterflies to the garden. Deer resistant.
Chives prefer a bright sunny spot in the garden that is sheltered from strong wind. A light fertilizing side dressing every 2-3 weeks will encourage healthy growth. Plants should be watered daily during extreme dry spells. If possible, mulch each plant to keep the soil temperature constant and moist.
Established beds of chives should be divided every 3 years or so. This prevents over-crowding and stops the center portion of the plants from dying out. If your plants become woody, cut the stems back to within 1” above the ground.
Chives, Garlic allium tuberosum
Garlic Chives is beloved not only for its versatile culinary uses but for its elegance in the garden. Tall, starry white flowers spring out of a mound of smooth gray-green grassy leaves. You can go out to the garden in midsummer and gather swaths of it for practically any dish. Its flavor is a lovely, mild combination of what everyone loves best: onions and garlic. Use the flowers in fresh arrangements.
Harvest chives by hand, picking the leaves off at the base. Cutting the leaves causes an unattractive brown dieback. After leaves are at least 6” tall regular harvesting is recommended. Chive leaves are very soft and quickly lose freshness so are best when used fresh, but you can also dry the leaves, or freeze them for later use.