DELIVERY INFO: We currently expect to deliver new orders for plants & veg patches within 3 weeks. Please see FAQs for further info.
This herb looks beautiful in your garden and on your plate
A delicious evergreen herb that will come back year after year producing beautiful edible pale mauve flowers in the summer. This herb looks beautiful in your garden and on your plate, a must have for any kitchen garden.
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Number of plants: 3
Great for protecting your carrots, tomatoes, chillies and aubergines!
Can be grown in: Pots are ideal for growing chives. Find out more in our growing guide below.
In the kitchen: The slim, elegant dark green leaves can be used as a spicy addition to salads, or in soups, stews and curries. The flowers are also edible and look lovely when sprinkled over a summer salad.
Delivery: April-July. These plants will arrive in biodegradable pots.
Chives grow in pretty much any conditions, so any spot where you have space in the garden will be fine.
Can be grown in....
Pots are ideal for growing chives, as otherwise they have a tendency to take over!
How far apart?
When your herb plants arrive....
Your baby plants will arrive carefully packed in straw. They may look a little tired from their travels. This is quite normal but, as soon as possible, carefully unpack them all.
Then, stand them upright. The roots may be dry, so give them all a good drink of water by submerging the roots for a few minutes in a container of clean water. Now they are ready to plant.
This herb plant is a perennial
This means that it “dies” down at the end of the season, but comes back to life again year after year
Looking after your plants....
You don’t need to put much effort into growing chives (we do the difficult bit of growing it from seed), just make sure they have a healthy dose of sunshine.
Keep them well watered.
Pick off the flowers
To keep flavour at its best, pick off the flowers as they appear. (Don’t forget, you can eat the flowers too)
Give them a cup of tea!
They will benefit from a worm cast tea to keep them green and healthy.
They're ready to harvest when....
Pick your chives as soon as they are tall enough. Be sure to leave about 5cm of the stem when you cut them so that they’ll grow back again.
Annual – a plant that completes its entire lifecycle in one year
Perennial – a plant that “dies” down at the end of the season, but comes back to life again year after year
Biennial – a plant that takes 2 years to complete its lifecycle before dying
Chives add a subtle oniony flavour, and are great finely chopped into salads. You can also pick off the flowers and use them in your cooking too.
Leek & Potato Soup
Buttery New Potatoes
When we deliver
We deliver these plants from late April through to July, although it’s a little dependent on the weather.
You can order from…
These plants are available to be ordered now and we’ll despatch them as soon as they are big enough to both handle the journey to your garden and handle life outside the poly tunnel.
Do I need to sign for them?
All our plant orders are dispatched with an overnight courier* to mainland UK and do not need to be signed for when they are delivered, but will be left somewhere safe. When placing your order, please let us know where you would like the plants left if you are not in when the courier delivers.
We will keep you posted
You will receive an email approximately a week before your order is dispatched and another on the day your plants are packed and leave us so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.