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Vegetables A-Z: chives

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Allium schoenoprasum


It is a perennial and can be sown or replanted as a mature plant. It grows above 7 °C (45 °C), the optimum temperatures for growth being around 20 °C (68 °C).

Distance between plants

At least 30 cm (12 in) between bunches.


Sunny to half-shaded.


Two bunches per family are enough.

Time of planting

It can be sown as early as in January. The seed germinates in two weeks.


With home compost.


It doesn’t need a lot of water.

Chive’s good neighbors

Dill, anis, cumin.

Chive’s bad neighbors

Legumes and bean family.

Diseases and pests

It is not very sensitive, but it is better not to plant it near other bulb vegetables to protect it from onion fly.

Chive’s storage

Cut leaves regularly when they get 15 cm (6 in) long. Store in the freezer.


Use leaves as a spice with a lot of vitamins and minerals.


The more you cut it the more it grows.


It has beautiful flowers and can be used in a decorative garden bed as well.