When should I divide my chives?
Chives can spread out and lose vigor over time, so dividing the plant every few years helps to keep it compact and productive too. The best time to divide chives for forcing indoors is on a dry day in autumn when the soil is moist but not wet – it shouldn't stick to your boots.
How do you divide clumps of chives?
Can you divide a chive plant?
Dividing chives is easy, provided the soil is lightly moist. A few hours before you begin the project, water the clump to make sure the plants are nicely plumped up. Then use scissors to snip the tops back until about 4 inches of green growth remain.
How do you cut chives to encourage growth?
The direct and more straightforward method of harvesting chives is with kitchen scissors or herb scissors like this. Just grab the leaves in your hand and cut them close to the ground. However, leave around 2-3 inches (5-8 cm) of leaves from the ground, to allow them to grow again.
How do you spread chives?
Do chives keep growing after you cut them?
Clip leaves from the outer portion of the plant first, making sure not to clip all of the plant at once. If you make a mistake and cut back all of the plant, no worries. It will grow back the following year. Wait to harvest your chives when the plant is at least six inches tall.
Can you plant chives in clumps?
To keep clumps growing vigorously, it's a good idea to divide them every few years: Lift the clump with a fork to avoid damaging the bulbs as well as garden worms. Divide into clumps of around 10 to 12 bulbs. Cut the leaves right back to help reduce water loss and they're ready to be replanted.
How do you grow and transplant chives?
As mentioned, propagation can be from chive seed, transplants, or division. Divide the plants every two to three years, separating new plants into clumps of about five bulbs each. When planting chive seeds, the soil should be rich, moist, and high in organic matter with a soil pH of between 6 and 8.
Why are my chives falling over?
The herb's ideal temperature for vigorous and stiff growth lies between 40 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4-29 Celsius). Once again, temperatures that are too high or too low (freezing or frost) makes your chives limp or floppy. At very low temperatures, your chives will become dormant.
How long does it take for chives to spread?
|Soil moisture||Moist but well-drained|
|Ultimate height||40cm (16in)|
|Ultimate spread||30cm (12in)|
|Time to ultimate height||6-9 months|
When should chives be transplanted?
When the chives reach 6 inches (15 cm.), you can transplant them to the garden. If you're planting the chive seeds outdoors, wait until after the last frost to plant the seeds. The seeds may take a little extra time to sprout until the soil warms up.