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How to grow chives or chives: The steps you should follow

Hello to all gardeners! In today’s article we are going to learn how to grow chives , also known by the name of chives . We will see all the differences between normal onion and chives , when to plant, water, pests and diseases, harvest … and much more. In addition, we will give you some recipe ideas where you can use this plant.

What is chives or chives?

The chives or scallion , also known by other names like: onion leaf, Chinese onion, onion sticks, green onions , etc. In the scientific world it is known as Allium schoenoprasum .

It is a plant of the alliaceae family . Its culinary interest is its chopped leaves . It is a perennial plant that is cut down as it grows. In addition, the chives flowers are also edible and very beautiful to decorate your dishes.

Differences between chives and onion

Both onion ( Allium cepa ) and chives ( Allium schoenoprasum ) belong to the same family: alliaceae . However, in the case of onion we are interested in its bulb and in the case of chives we are interested in its leaves . Chives also have a bulb similar to onion but smaller.

Recipes with chives or chives

Growing chives or chives will allow us to give that special touch to our dishes. I am not particularly good at cooking but I am learning little by little.

I always like to get ideas from people, so I am going to leave you here some recipes where you can add chives :

  • In most salads you can use it and you will be right.
  • It also gives the canapés an elegant touch.
  • In the pasta . For example: spinach ravioli with ricotta and walnuts.
  • Accompanying a good plate of rice .

As you can see, the possibilities can be enormous, both decorative and culinary. In addition, chives have benefits for our health: rich in vitamins A, B and C; minerals; fiber…

How to grow chives in the garden

Once we know the chives or chives we are going to learn how to grow it in our gardens with these simple steps. We will start from sowing, going through irrigation and the necessary care until harvest.

The ciboulette fits almost any soil, so it is commonly found in nature or close to the train tracks. It prefers warm places.

Another advantage is that it adapts very well to indoor containers such as flower pots. Therefore, the fact of not having a garden will not serve as an excuse to grow chives.

When to sow chives

It is recommended to sow between April and May. For subsequent sowings, the flower of the plant should be allowed to grow to favor spontaneous seeds and keep the crop going. Another option is to buy the chives in a pot, as in the next photo.

In either case, this plant will develop without problems. Of course, remember that always after doing any sowing it is advisable to pour a little water over the seed to help it germinate.

Chives care

Once the chive is properly “installed” it does not require much care. It grows on its own, reproduces easily and withstands changes in temperature. One of the tasks is to rinse the flowers (cut the flowers leaving a few on the plant) to promote their development. The flowers usually come out from June.

As for watering, it is recommended to water frequently but without overdoing it since excessive watering can cause the bulbs to rot.

Chives pests and diseases

Later we will do an article specialized in pests and diseases of chives. However, here is a small list of the most important ones:

  • Chrysomelids
  • Pegomya acetosa (a kind of fly)
  • Aphids
  • Slugs and snails
  • and others…

Chives or chives harvest

Harvest will begin approximately 1 month (or 5 weeks) after sowing. Depending on the area where we are located, we may or may not harvest chives all year round. For the harvest it is recommended to do it better with scissors than with a knife.

It is normally eaten fresh. However, it is also possible to keep it in the freezer. The best method to keep it in the freezer is to put it in plastic bags prepared for freezing.

Here you have a photo of several packages of freshly harvested chives:

Associations in the garden with chives

Chives or chives are a good ally in the garden, as it protects legumes and rose bushes from aphids. However, as with people, there are crops with which he has a good relationship and others with which he does not get along at all.

Here are the best (and worst) friends of chives in the garden:

  • Good association with: carrot, celery , cucumber, tomato and rose bushes
  • Bad association with: garlic, cabbage, beans, onion , pepper and peas.

Chives varieties

As in most crops, there are different varieties. Here is a small list of the main varieties of chives:

  • Allium schoenoprasum
  • Allium tuberosum
  • Allium fistulosum

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