Chives, Polyvit (Organic)
Allium schoenoprasum. Perennial in zones 3-10.
Produces bunches of dark green, pungent, onion flavored leaves that are very versatile in the kitchen. Plants grow to about 12″ tall. Very hardy plants withstand neglect, can grow in full sun to part shade, and are great for containers. In midsummer, plants produce little, light purple, globeshaped flowers that are also edible, pretty enough to grow as an ornamental, and provide a good nectar source for beneficial insects. Chives deserve a place in every perennial herb garden. Not only are they good in salads, sauces, and many other dishes, but you can substitute them for onions in a pinch. This is an improved variety, known for uniform, robust growth.
Sow in clusters in pots indoors February to June. Transplant to 10” centers in fertile soil when plants are the size of a pencil lead. May also be direct sown. Keep well fertilized, watered, and cultivated. Harvest as needed. Beautiful globe-shaped flowers attract pollinators and are edible.
Collect seeds in second year from 15+ plants. Cut seed heads when seeds are dry, thresh by hand or by dancing. Winnow to clean. Isolate from other flowering chives by at least 1/4 mile.