|ALLIUM schoenoprasum - Chives|
Liliaceae; native to Europe and Asia.
Germination: Sow indoors at a temperature of 68-70° and at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds. Expect germination in 10-14 days. Alternatively, sow seeds outdoors in early spring when the soil is still cool. Sow at the same depth as indoors.
Growth: Transplant when there are at least two true leaves. Space 6 inches apart in full sun or light shade. Site in a rich, moist, well-drained soil. Clumps of Chives may be lifted in the fall and grown indoors in a sunny windowsill for winter harvesting.
Appearance and Use: Primarily grown for its culinary use, however, it adds a dainty vertical aspect and attractive flowers to any container or border display. Small bulbs produce the 8-12 inch long, slender, tubular, green leaves and the small, globular, lavender flower heads that appear in early summer. The leaves have a delicate onion flavor that are used fresh or dried in soups, sauces, salads, vinegar, cream cheese, and other spreads. Harvest them at any time. The edible flowers are also used as a fresh garnish to soups and salads.
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