Accidentally mowed Chives

WonderWeaselApril 26, 2013

A certain "genius" in my household decided to mow the lawn today... and my chives plant, despite the fact it was behind a garden barrier. Luckily, he only mowed about 3/4 of the plant's leaves, and down to about 3" above the soil. I started my plant from seed early last spring, so this is its 2nd growing season. My question is this: Was too much of the plant cut off for it to recover? It is a relatively small bunch (about 5-6" in diameter), and again, this is only its 2nd growing season, and only about a month into it. I can include a picture if needed, as well. Thanks!


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I would think that 3 inches of leaves would be enough. That's about what I leave when I cut mine, and they come back vigorously.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 2:08AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Agreed. Chives are sturdy and robust enough to bounce back from "zealous" lawn care. You can let your husband (?) off the hook.....but maybe you could get a couple of new plants out of it first!! ;)


    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 7:39AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Ditto what FM said for me!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 9:24AM
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LOL thanks everyone! It was actually my brother that did it, and now that I know it will more than likely bounce back, I won't get on him too bad about it :) Again, thanks for your replies!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 5:32PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Rest assured. you can cut chives(flat leave, garlic chives), leeks, ... down to the bare ground and they will come back even with more vigor. I always do this with my leeks, when they are young, so that I can have them instead of garlic chives. Butthan , later I woul let them get thicker.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 4:09AM
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From my experience, chives cannot be killed in the garden. I read somewhere that chives were a good companion plant for roses...big (painful) mistake.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 11:56PM
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