Allium schoenoprasum plant care and instructions
In spring or fall, direct seed onto a well-prepared seedbed (covering very lightly), or transplant established plants. If starting from seed, plants probably won’t be large enough to harvest for at least a year. Regular cutting helps keep plants vigorous and healthy and encourages spreading. Keep flowers picked to discourage dormancy in warm weather. No fertilizer is needed if planted in reasonably fertile soil. Plants harvested frequently benefit from nitrogen top-dressing. Divide and replant clumps in fresh soil every three to five years. Propagate by seed, division, or separation – Direct seed, divide, or transplant in spring or fall. Germination temperature: 45 F to 95 F Days to emergence: 7 to 21Seed can be saved 3 years.
Light – Full sun / part shade
Place – Indoors / outdoors
Water – It is important to give chives consistent watering throughout the growing season for high yields. Moisten the soil thoroughly when watering
Fertilizer – Apply 2 to 3 tablespoons of all-purpose fertilizer (16-16-8) per square foot of planting area. Work compost and fertilizer into the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.
Temperature – 60 to 70 degrees C
Chives, or Allium schoenoprasum, contain nutrients that are important for sleep and bone health. Some research has also linked the chemicals in chives and other allium vegetables with anticancer effects. It also has culinary uses.