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Time To Divide Chives

By April 6, 2011

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Here is my annual call out to all you chive lovers! Early spring is the best time to divide your chive plants. Are they more than 2 years old? Possibly becoming too large for the area  you want them to grow in? Is there an upcoming farmer's market that you  need to find product for? If you answered yes to any of these questions, now is the time to divide this lovely herb.

Spring garden chores, are an important part of a healthy garden. By dividing your chives, you can create enough smaller plants to grow these lovlies all over the yard. Don't Worry! Chives have a dumping habit, they wont spring up anywhere they choose. You can use them as a flowering boarder that will remain a rich green color late into the fall. They also are one of the easiest (and fastest) herbs to grow. Your newly divided mini-clumps will fill out  and become bold, new additions to the landscape this year. No need to use annuals or mulch to fill in the blank spots.  Keep your chives damp, and they will grow like crazy; especially if they were becoming crowded in their old location. Dividing them, is like breathing new life into tired roots, and your yard will gain new flowering chive plant to boot.

All you need to divide them is a shovel and containers to place the pieces into. Loosen the soil around the entire clump you are dividing with a spade or shovel. Lift the clump out and place next to the hole. Drive a shovel through the center of the chive clump. Dont worry about any broken stems, there are hundreds in one clump. If you want your chive plants even smaller, divide as many times as you wish. As long as there are a few stems and roots intact, they will grow once placed in damp soil.

Really, that is all there is to it. Now, get out there and start giving your chives some love!


April 14, 2011 at 10:17 am
(1) A.R.Wadoo says:

I have noticed an interesting attitude of divided chives this spring. Chives were divided and some planted on the boarder of flowerbeds. Heavy rain lashed the area for more than 15 days with occasional snowing. It was cold and damp spring. Chives under the protection of overhead plants remained relatively dry and lo, all those under cover have developed flower buds. Those in normal soil without any cover have vegetative growth only.

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