Chives are a low maintenance, easy to grow perennial herb, grown for their onion-scented tasting leaves. These are a delicious addition to salads, and can be added to many other savoury dishes.
Preparing for your journey
- Collect yourself. Bring your kit into focus and familiarize yourself with its contents.
- Pick a good location. Chives will grow best in a location that gets 6 to 8 hours of full sun daily, though it can perform well in partial sun, too.
- If you’re planning on cooking with these plants, plant them in clean soil, use organic fertilizers, don’t use insecticides, and grow them away from driveways and busy streets so that exhaust won’t settle on the plants.
How to plant chives
- Sow the seeds. Lay the seeds on the soil bed and cover. Plant at least 6-8 seeds about ½ inch deep into a single pot.
- Keep it moist. Leaving the pot completely open will allow to much heat to enter and moisture to escape, causing fewer seeds or no seeds to germinate. To prevent this, use a clear plastic bag or wrap, spray the inside with water, and use it to cover the pot. Secure it with a rubber band so the seeds can properly germinate. When your seeds germinate, remove the plastic bag.
- Our Signature Potting Mix is designed to retain moisture, but you must still water your plant at least twice a day. During the dry seasons, you may water your chives freely.
- Make sure the water reaches the roots! Place a tray or saucer under your pot so you can water your plant without spillage.
- Thin your seedlings. Give each plant room to grow. Divide them into clumps of at least 10 small bulbs and allow divided plants to grow for several weeks before harvesting. You may discard the others or you may transplant them to another pot. Note that transplanting them may damage the roots of the plant, lowering its survival rate.
Feeding your chives
- Fertilize your plant. Fertilizers help your plant fight harmful pathogens and become its best self. When your chive seeds germinate or sprout in about 6 to 8 days, use Morning Miracle and Bloom Serum.
- Bury 1 Morning Miracle caplet in the soil close to your seedlings twice a week. Be careful not to destroy their roots.
- Apply 5 drops of Bloom Serum on your plant twice a week. You may drop the serum on the leaves and flowers to ensure healthy growth.
- Water your plant generously after dosages of Morning Miracle and Bloom Serum. Our signature fertilizers are highly concentrated!
Tip: Our signature plant food are rich with live micro-organisms. Store them in a cool dark, and dry area. Read more about our signature plant food here!
How to harvest chives
- The best thing about a plant is that it's a gift that keeps on giving. Begin harvesting chive leaves about 60 days after seeding.
- Be sure to cut the leaves down to the base when harvesting (within 1 to 2 inches of the soil).
- Harvest 3 to 4 times during the first year. In subsequent years, cut plants back monthly.
- The chive plant will flower in early summer. The flowers are edible and taste best just after they have opened—they should look full and bright.
How to store chives
- Use chives when they’re fresh or frozen (freeze the leaves in an airtight bag). Dried chives lose their flavor.
- Store chives in a cool place in a resealable container.
The journey of planting is best enjoyed with others. Teach your family and friends. Let them taste your harvest.