Quite an attractive plant in it’s own right with tubular, spike-like foliage that has a good show of mauve flowers in the summer.
It’s only drawback is that the foliage is not very robust – easily getting crushed or bruised, therefore it is best placed away from the edge of a pathway or games area!
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
Good for wildlife in general.
Can tolerate a coastal aspect with a certain amount of salt laden air.
How easy is it to grow:
This is good for a herb garden, border or patio and is uncomplicated.
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Botanical name: Allium schoenoprasum.
Chives culinary uses:
Use in salads, sandwiches, soups and cottage cheese.
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil, also tolerates acidic soil.
How much moisture:
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
It can get a rust, if infected trim hard down just above ground level and careful pick up the debris.
Size of plant:
Height 25 cm.
Spread 25 cm, but plants are quite variable and so some may get to 40 cm spread.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow from 6 to 16 plants per square metre.
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