Chives are perennial members of the onion family and are loaded with Vitamins A and C. Like various herbs they are plush with therapeutic properties. A powerful antioxidant, this herb protects your body from free radical damage. It is also an age-old anti-cold and flu remedy that can be included in everyday meals.
Grow Chives in your garden and take advantage of its abundant anti-bacterial properties to cure a cold and flu.
Types of Chives:
- Common chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
- Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum)
- Chives thrive in both warm and cold temperatures.
- Depending on the variety planted, the magical herb grows about 10-20 inches high.
- It blossoms with beautiful pinkish-purple flowers.
- It comes with the sweetness of Onion and a hint of Garlic.
Landscape and Soil for Chives:
- Chives work well as a border plant
- They prefer moist, fertile, rich and well-drained soil.
- Before planting Chives add slow releasing fertilizer or aged compost to the soil.
- Plant Chives in full sun.
- Chives can grow from seeds, bulbs or plant propagation.
- When starting Chives from seeds, plant them indoors first (for about 8-10 weeks). Indoors place the pot in a dark spot at a temperature range of 15 to 21 degree C once the seeds sprout move the container into the light. As soon as the chive plant reaches 6 inches, transplant it into the garden.
- When starting Chives from seeds, place the bulbs 5-8 inches apart.
- Cut ½ to 2 inches above the soil.
- It is recommended that you cut the plant outside of the clumps.
- If you are harvesting after the plant has flowered, then cut the entire plant to remove the flowers.
Chives Pests and Diseases:
Protect your Chive plant from the following pest/disease infestation:
- Bulb rot
- White rot
- Purple blotch and grey mold
- Onion fly
Caring for Chives:
- Water Chives consistently throughout the growing season for high yields.
- Moisten the soil thoroughly while watering.
- To conserve moisture and keep the weeds away use mulch.
- For good yield, side dress with fertilizer in May and July with one teaspoon of 21-0-0 per square foot.
- Chives when fully grown need minimal care.
- After the flowers bloom, be certain to remove them to avoid the seeds from spreading throughout your garden.
- Divide the Chive plants every 3 to 4 years in the spring. Allow divided plants to grow for several weeks before harvesting.
- Grow Chives next to carrots.
- Chives are a symbol of usefulness.
- As mentioned in an ancient European Folklore you can hang Chives at home to ward off negativity.
Uses of Chives:
Avoid cooking Chives to get their highest nutritive value. Instead, add chopped chives to vinegar, oil, ghee, or garnish your food with fresh or dried chives just before eating.
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