Are chives well behaved in an herb bed?

kmickleson(z9 CA)April 4, 2014

Just getting my first raised bed--for herbs. Bought a couple of 'Allium - Chives' plants at Home Depot and am trying to figure out if I should put them in their own pot because they'll take over the planting box.

Also,tips to keep them from going to seed quickly?


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zackey(GA 8b)

Mine are very well behaved. They stay small for me. Keep the flowers pinched off and they won't go to seed.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 5:07PM
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balloonflower(5b Denver CO, HZ 5-6, Sunset 2b)

They should stay well behaved. They will need to be divided every couple years or so, but they don't generally spread if you pick the flowers off--they are great in salads, make vinegar, etc...before they seed out. My in ground chives flower once or twice a year, usually in early summer, then again in fall if you clipped the flowers.

Now, if you bought at HD, you've got onion chives. Flat stemmed garlic chives are a different story and here they spread and need to be divided out yearly to keep in check.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 8:00PM
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Chives are very well behaved here even without dead-heading them before they drop seed. Yes, there is some spread and some self-sowing but that happens with most perennial plants. They are a wonderful addition to your gardens.


    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 8:26PM
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