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How do you grow Chinese Chives?
Posted by Suttons Staff on 16 July 2013 12:38 PM
This easy to grow Chinese chive plant is very hardy and can crop for up to 30 years. Six clumps will provide sufficient leaves and flowers for the average family. The plants will grow to a height of 40cm (16″) with a spread of 30cm (12″) .

The seeds should be sown between Febuary and April in seed trays or a propagator at a temperature of 20ºC (68ºF) . Once the seedlings are large enough to handle transplant them in bunches of four into a 7.5cm (3″) pot. Grow them on in a greenhouse, conservatory or indoors until they are 10cm (4″) in height.

Choose a sunny, well drained area and as the plants are deep rooted dig down at least 30cm (12″). Incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost and grit for good drainage. The plants can be planted in their final postition 30cm (12″) apart once the danger of frost has passed in late May/early June.Keep the plants well watered in dry spells and when in growth feed with a liquid tomato fertilizer.

In the first year allow the plants to establish before harvesting in August to October. When fully established the harvesting season can be harvested to within 3cm (1¼″) of the ground. Once fully established up to three cuttings can be made per year or if covered with cloches in early spring they can be harvested four times. If floweres are required , harvest the leaves in early spring and again in late autumn.  Frequent harvesting of the flowers will encourage more to be produced.
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