Chives originated from china and the botanical name is Allium schoenoprasum. Growing chives plant indoors allows you to have a ready supply of the herb year-round. This plant is actually a hardy perennial. The plant slender, hallow leaves grow in clumps that can reach about twelve inches tall.
Tips for Growing Chives Plant
The origin: Chives originated from china
The height: Six to twelve inches (15-30 cm)
Light requirement: You have to give your chive plant at least six hours of direct sun per day to help it grow lush and full. Turn plant for even growth because it will tend to grow toward the light source. If you can’t put your chives plant in a sunny window, growing them under indoor plant lights also works beautifully. Keep the light 15 cm above the plant and leave it on for about fourteen hours a day. This is the equivalent of six hours of sun per day.
Water requirement: Make sure you keep the soil evenly moist. Leaf tips will turn yellow if the chives plant is too dry.
Humidity requirement: Average room (around 40% relative humidity).
Temperature requirement: Average room temperatures (which is about 65-75°F/18-24°C). Don’t worry if you move your pot of chives outdoors for the summer, it can take the heat. On the other hand, it won’t tolerate frost.
Soil requirement: Growing chives require good-quality all-purpose potting mix.
Fertilizer requirement: Feed with herb fertilizer in spring through fall.
Chives propagation: Chives can be propagated from Seeds or division. You can sow the seeds indoors in late winter, covering the seeds lightly with potting mix. Make sure you keep it moist. Divide established clumps every two to three years and also pot in fresh potting mix.
How to harvest chives plant: You can harvest the chive leaves anytime you want when the plants has reach about 15 cm tall. Cut the chives leaves off, leaving about two inches of growth above the soil. The chive leaves and also the flowers can be used for cooking.