Allium schoenoprasum. This long-lasting, perennial herb in the onion family, grows to 18 inches. It produces edible lavender, pom-pom shaped flowers in early summer that are attractive to bees. The mild onion flavour of chives is great in salads or herbal vinegars. This zone 3 herb will continue to grow if trimmed regularly. Approx. 1200 seeds/pkg.
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Start indoors 6 weeks before last frost date. Sow seed 1⁄2 inch deep in pots or flats of soil mix. Germination is very slow (7-14 days). Constant moisture, darkness and warm temperatures are required. When seedlings are 4 weeks old, transplant in the garden in full sun.
Chives should be divided every 3 years. Leaves can be snipped when plants are 6 inches tall. You should not cut closer than 2 inches from the ground, since the plants need some leaves to keep growing.