how to plant seeds or propagate by dividing a bush
Chives (aka chives, rezun, chive) can be grown not only because of its taste properties, but also as an ornamental plant. It has spectacular thin leaves and beautiful flowers, usually lilac-purple hues. The taste of chives is more delicate than regular chives. It also attracts pollinating insects to the garden and repels pests.
On top of all this, it is one of the most unpretentious plants that grows well even in cold climates or problem areas. Grow chives from seed. Or propagate bushes by division.
How to plant chives seeds
Seeds of chives are sown in the spring, when the soil warms up, writes Agroxxi portal. The algorithm is simple.
- Walk around the bed with a cultivator, then add a small amount of lime (chives love slightly alkaline soil) and some complex mineral fertilizers.
- Level the soil with a rake and sow the seeds in the furrows. Lightly cover them with earth on top.
- Next, it remains to water the plantings and maintain soil moisture until germination. As a rule, they appear in 10-14 days.
Reproduction of chives by dividing the bushes
In the spring, chives can also be propagated by division. Do this before the start of active growth and the summer season.
- Cut the foliage 5 cm above the soil surface.
- With a pitchfork or shovel, very carefully dig out the whole plant. Try to extract as much of the onion root system as possible.
- Place the chives root ball on a clean sheet of thick cardboard or plastic and cut it into pieces with a sharp garden knife. It is important that each section has healthy roots and a small amount of feathers.
- Dig a hole about 5-7 cm deep and 15-20 cm wide. Place the root ball of the chives in there. Then sprinkle it with earth so that the top of the beam is almost flush with the soil surface.
- Water. It is important to monitor soil moisture until the bush takes root in a new place. After rooting, constant watering of chives will no longer be needed.
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