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Chives (Allium schoenoprasum, Alliaceae)

Variety overview

Perennial, height 30 cm.
Tsw: 1-1,5 g Seed count per 10 g = 6500-10000 seeds.
Sowing: Direct outdoors in March for cropping in summer, or sow in August for cropping in April following year. For forcing chives sow in February under glass.
Seeds required: Direct 120-150 g/100 m², for seedlings 20-30 g/1000 plants (20-30 seeds per press-pot), for pot growing 40 g/1000 plants.
Cultivation: For direct sowing and planting, space rows 30-40 cm apart.
For forcing, plant the propagated plants 30x25 cm apart in April.
Interruptions in growing or cropping may disturb the root development, putting the success of the winter-forcing crop at risk. The roots are harvested, cleaned and stored in autumn when the nutrients have been transferred to the roots and the leaves have died. Before forcing, the winter dormancy must be broken, either by drying at 35°C for 10-12 days or by a warm-water bath treatment at 42°C directly before forcing. For early forcing in autumn a one week cold storage at 2°C increases the rate of success.
During forcing (temperature 18-20°C) the roots are either packed in boxes and cut for bundles after about 14 days, or the roots are packed in 9-10 cm plastic pots, and after 14 days forcing sold in the pot.
Harvesting: In the second year 3-4 cuts are possible.
Use: Fresh leaves for salads, egg-dishes, soups, fish, sausage and in potato salads.

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum, Alliaceae)

Variety Type Pot Processing Fresh cut
Twiggy
Fine shafted x x x
Nelly
Fine to medium thick shafted x x x
Naomy
Medium thick shafted x x x
Staro
Thick shafted x x x
Biggy
Thick shafted x x x
Jeilo F1
Medium thick to thick shafted x x x

Variety also available as organic seed from Vitalis Organic Seeds.

Suitable for Hydroponics