Growing by sowing, not every variety
However, this type of cultivation is quite tricky. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that not every variety of chives can be grown from seeds - some chives can only be propagated by division - and, on the other hand, because propagation by seeds is generally not that easy due to possible mutations. In addition, chives are cold germs, ie they need temperatures below 18 ° C in order to be stimulated to germinate at all. For this reason, you can spread the chive seeds directly outside from around mid-March to mid-April, it is not necessary to pull them out on the windowsill.
- Prepare the selected planting site well.
- The location should be partially shaded as possible; the earth loose, but rich in humus.
- Dig up the planting site thoroughly and remove all weeds.
- Make sure to keep the planting area free of weeds in the future as well.
- Chop up any chunks of earth and rake the surface nice and smooth.
- Now you can press indentations into the ground, about two centimeters deep.
- Distribute the seeds in the wells, about 300 per meter.
- Chives are a dark germ, which means you need to cover the seeds with soil.
- Keep the soil nice and moist, but protect it from heavy rain.
- Properly care for chives in the pot
- Hibernate chives outside without any problems
- Planting chives - in the garden and in pots
The seeds usually germinate within about 14 days. If you want to grow chives in a pot, however, sow a few seeds in a suitable planter and place it on the balcony. In contrast, the chives are often too warm in the room. Use potting soil or herb soil for the seedlings.
Care for seedlings
The young seedlings should be prepared
- heavy rain
- strong sunlight
- as well as weeds
to be protected. Make sure that the young plants are not too close together, as this hinders growth and promotes the dreaded "fall sickness". It is a disease caused by fungi that is favored by a lack of light and air.
Tips & Tricks
You can also make it easier for yourself - provided you already have a chives plant and want to propagate it - and let the chives sow themselves. It is enough to let a few flowers mature - the later ripened seeds fall to the ground and hibernate there. The young plants show up in spring.