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Hudson Valley Seed Company

Organic Chives Seeds

Regular price $ 3.95 USD
Regular price Sale price $ 3.95 USD

Art Pack. 200 seeds. Allium tuberosum

Edible, ornamental, and perennial, these hardy culinary clusters are an easy and essential part of every kitchen garden.
The smallest of all the Alliums, chives are considered by some to be the only species of Allium native to both the Old World and the New. A patch of chives is a long time companion to the garden and the gardener. The sulfur smell of the plant is said to repel garden insect pests while the flowers attract beneficial pollinators. This clumping onion survives winter in the Northeast and often blooms in early May. The green shoots are the first to come up in the spring, and can be used in warm winter tonic to ward off cool days. Be sure to let your chives flower though, they are a wonderful, oniony edible flower.
Days to Germination 7-14 days
Days to Maturity 85 days
Planting Depth 1/2 inch
Spacing in Row 4 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 inches
Height at Maturity 12 inches

Start seeds indoors, about a week before outdoor soils can be worked. Keep watered but not wet. Transplant outdoors in clumps when chives are about 3" tall. Or, direct sow outdoors in a weed-free area at any time. Chives grow slowly at first, but are extremely hardy and fast-growing once established. For best culinary quality, cut chives every week or two. Enjoy edible pink flowers.

Artwork by Sarah Jacoby. Sarah Jacoby is an illustrator and artist, a writer and all around creative thinker and maker. When making pictures she prefers to use brushes and inks and loves calling upon memories to bring her imagery to life. In the recent past, she studied literature and film at Haverford college and earned her M.F.A in at the Illustration Practice Program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore. She lives in Brooklyn and works with the creative team at Tinybop during the day and writes and draws stories at night and in the early mornings.