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How to Grow Common Chives From Seed

The quick and convenient step by step guide to growing your chive plants from seeds!


Common Chives are a perennia member of the onion family that sport beautiful edible flowers. Chives grow best in the cool-season, as they are cold-tolerant perennials. This plant is easy to dig up and move, as it consists of small clumps with slender bulbs.

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How to Grow Chives From Seed


# 1 | Prepare your soil. Chives will grow best in the spring and fall. The harsher temperatures of the summer usually cause them to go dormant until cool weather arives again. In colder areas, you can start your chive seeds indoors 6-9 weeks before the last spring frost.


# 2 | If starting your seeds indoors, provide a bottom heat, consistent moisture and darkness for fastest germination. Wrapping the seeds in a damp paper towel works great for sprouting the seeds.


# 3 | Chive Seeds should sprout within 2-3 weeks. Once they've sprouted, and all chance of frost has passed, they can be transplanted. Dig about 1/4 inch down, and place the seed. Place each seed 6-8 inches apart.


#4 | Keep the soil moist while the seedlings are developing.


#5| Chives will spread vigorously with each year of growth, so they can easily be divided for new plantings. After several frosts, cut the plant down to the ground.


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