Seed Pads Fine Chives
 
 

Seed Pads Fine Chives - Seed

Allium schoenoprasum  

So easy to grow your own chives!

Globular lilac flowers appear in May-June. The finely chopped leaves of chive (Allium schoenoprasum) are tasty in salads, ragouts, sauces and dressings. Chives can also be frozen. These handy seed pads (diam. 8 cm) are ready to use. The seed pads contain just enough seeds to fill a pot with your favourite kitchen herbs. No mess and success guaranteed.
 

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Chive seed pads need no prior treatment – the seed pads are ready to use.

Sowing method

Sow under glass in March and in the ground April-May.

These handy round seed pads (8cm diameter) make it easy to grow your own chives. Fill an 8 cm pot (or larger) with potting compost and lay one seed pad on the top. Cover lightly with soil, press carefully down and sprinkle regularly with water. Within a few days the seed germinate. One seed pad is sufficient for a pot full of chives. Sow a seed pad every 2 to 3 weeks and you enjoy harvesting fresh chives all summer and autumn.

The seeds will germinate in 14 to 21 days, under glass at 20° C within a week. Do not allow the seedlings to dry out.

Chives are originally from northern Asia and Europe. Today they are world used and very favourably used in today’s kitchen. Chives are a representative of the garlic family (Alliaceae).

Use

Chives have hollow grass-like leaves. When the chives are sliced the rings look very attractive used in salads. Chives have been long used as a spice in cooking, especially in salads and sauces.

The hollow leaves cannot be freshly stored, on the other hand you will have fresh chives available for a large part of the year. Although they have more flavour when they are fresh, it is also possible to freeze them. All onions and onion-like species are very healthy and contain lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Water extra in dry periods. Keep free of weeds - the chive plants will thrive better. Chives are hardy. Each year around March, the grass-like hollow leaves will appear. Chives flower in May-June.

Harvesting

Harvest period: from April to October.

Chives can be harvested from early spring. Just snip the leaves from the base of the plant leaving the roots intact so that you can enjoy chives again the following year. The plant is hardy although the leaves do disappear during the winter. In spring you will see the chives coming through again.


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