You can grow chives from seed or divisions—small bulbs separated from clumps. The seeds take a I ong ti me to germi nate and need a very cool temperature, not above 60°F; after their slow start they grow quickly. Plant either seeds or divisions about four to six weeks before your average date of last frost—a late frost won't hurt them. Chives tolerate partial shade, and prefer sandy soil with plenty of organic matter— this is important for perennial herbs—and good drainage. When you're preparing the soil, dig in a low nitrogen (5-10-10) fertilizer at the rate of a half pound per 100 square feet. Plant seeds a quarter inch deep in rows 12 inches apart. The plants can be fairly close together; small clumps (25 plants) can be set out six to eight inches apart in rows. They'll fill in and make an attractive array.
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