Chives plants are very frugal and easy to grow (perfect for people who do not have a green thumb, like myself). 🙂
They are perennial and therefore able to overwinter. The most important thing the chives need is WATER, lots of it.
- you can grow it in the garden, on the balcony, or on the window sill (outdoors)
- sunny or half-shaded location, but protect from too much sun exposure
- needs lots of space and air to grow (preferably repot your bought chives directly into a bigger pot)
- plant separately; otherwise chives get along well with parsley or basil
- can even overwinter outside
- needs plenty of water, water regularly; the soil should always be moist and never dry
- avoid waterlogging (if you grow the chives in a pot: use a container with holes on the bottom so the remaining water can drain off)
- fertilize from time to time, e.g. with compost or coffee grounds
- remove dried up / yellow stems now and then
- before winter: cut all stems
- chives grow anew in spring
You can seed chives from the beginning of April on. Scatter the seeds into loose earth and cover them with some soil. Water them a lot during the germination time of about 1-2 weeks.
Collect the seeds of the chive plants:
- almost year-round, from spring to fall
- use a sharp kitchen scissors or knife
- crop only green, healthy looking stems (no yellow or floriferous ones, as they are inedible)
- cut at about 2-3 cm (1 in.) above the soil
- use freshly harvested or freeze for the winter
To preserve the chive and its flavors, freezing it is better than drying.
Here’s how you freeze the chives: