What the heck is wrong with my chives?

turquoisegardenia(6a Toronto)July 13, 2010

Hey guys! I was wondering if anyone might be able to offer any insight into what's going on with my chives. I began all of my seedlings (chives, basil, cilantro, peas, peppers) in March and everything's taken off except for the chives. They were fine for the first little bit, but I haven't seen any growth at all since late April. Nada. Right now they just look like sparse, thin, underveloped clumps of grass. they aren't even thick/strong enough to hold themselves up! What gives? I have them in the same pot as my other herbs (basil, cilantro, garlic, shallots, dill) which is a coir, Miracle gro potting soil, compost and composted cow manure blend (about 3-3-3-1 respectively), I water whenever needed and give it some organic veggie food once a month... I know you generally don't get much from chives the first year but this is utter stagnation! Is this normal? Thx! :)

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nygardener(z6 New York)

How big is your pot? Can you post a picture?

Chives are perennials, unlike the others you're growing, and they like to get established with plenty of root room. If they're competing in a small(ish) pot with all those others, they're probably cramped.

If they're flopping over, they might also be shaded by the basil, and so not getting enough light.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2010 at 8:02PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Chives look lush in the spring and rather meager later in the season.

But if I understand what you have correctly, you have a bunch of different herbs in the same pot. Bad idea. Put them in their own pots so they can have the sun, water, and soil requirements that they need. I'm always puzzled why everyone thinks it is a good idea to have different plants with different needs all in the same pot.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   July 15, 2010 at 10:43AM
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