Chives have been in use as a culinary herb in China since around 3,000 BC. It was Marco Polo who returned westward with the notion that they made good eating, but Chives were not popular in European gardens until the 16th century. Clumps of Chives spread to about 12 in. across, they should be divided at that point. Remove flower stems before they open to increase foliage production. Keep Chives watered evenly throughout the season. The whole plant can be cut down to 2 in. from the ground. Use scissors and take as much as needed. Chives don’t dehydrate well, so use fresh portions regularly.
Chives have a fresh, mild, green onion flavour. They are hardy and easy to grow. Use stems and pink flowers to flavour sandwiches, salads and baked potatoes. Chives are an excellent choice for the container herb garden. Bees and butterflies love the flowers!
Height: 12-18 in.
Days to Maturity: 80
Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Staro Chives have larger and thicker leaves that freeze or dry better than other varieties. Chopped leaves can also be used to enhance the flavor of eggs, mashed potatoes or salads. Chives make a lovely ornamental or edging plant, also nice for planting in containers.
Days to Maturity: 75
Sun Exposure: Full Sun