Vegetables and herbs

Chive: maintenance tips

A very hardy perennial whose slender stems and flowers are edible.

Maintenance tips: ChiveMaintenance tips: Chive

Common name: Chive


Prefers sun or partial shade.


A cool-climate plant, it tolerates heat fairly well, provided it doesn't run out of water during dry spells.


Plant in soil rich in organic matter, cool and well-drained.


Fertilize in early spring with an all-purpose fertilizer.


Harvest for the first time when the stems have reached 15 to 20 cm in height. Pick small stems, leaving only 5 to 7 cm at the base, to stimulate new leaf formation. Stems smaller than 5 cm can lead to early dieback.

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