Chives: A Growing Guide
Easy to grow, chives are among the earliest and freshest spring herbs.
- Soil preparation: Chives prefers well-drained soil. Add aged compost to the soil before planting.
- Planting: In spring, plant seedlings in full sun. Keep mulch away from the bases of the plants to improve air circulation and prevent disease problems. Chives compete poorly with other plants, so weed diligently.
- Spacing: Plant clumps of up to six chive bulbs 5 to 8 inches apart. Divide large clumps of chives about every 3 years. Dig up the plants and divide them into small clumps with four to six bulbs each.
- Fertilizing: Avoid heavy applications of nitrogen.