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Allium schoenoprasum

Interestingly, Allium schoenoprasum is the only Allium species native to both New and Old Worlds. In Europe, they have been cultivated since the Middle Ages, although their usage dates back thousands of years.

As a culinary herb, its scrapes (stems) and the unopened, immature flower buds are diced and used as a flavoring ingredient in soups, fish, and potato recipes. Chives are commonly available in grocery stores and should be a common plant in everyone's kitchen garden. They are probably best known for their use as a garnish, along with butter and sour cream, on baked potatoes. Can be used fresh or dried.

Chives reportedly possess insect-repelling properties that can be used in your garden to deter pests. Long-lived and hardy perennial. Each packet contains 0.5 gram, which is approximately 440 seeds.

See also 'Garlic Chives'
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Days to Germination – 10 to 15
Planting Depth – ¼ inch
Seed Spacing – 4 to 5 in.
Plant Height – 10 inches
Thinning Height – 2 to 4 inches
Spacing after Thinning – 6 inches

Sow seeds in a sunny location after all danger of frost has passed. Can also be started in pots and transplanted. Optimal germination soil temperature is 60ºF to 70ºF. They prefer rich, well-drained soil.

If the scrapes (stalks) start looking old, simply cut them back. During the growing season, the plants will continually regrow. In colder climates, the plants will die back to the bulbs and can benefit from being covered with a layer of mulch or straw.

Use fresh by harvesting or dry and enjoy as a garnish. Plant in pots in a sunny windowsill to enjoy year round.