Chives are part of the same family as onions, leeks, and garlic. They are perennial plants that have lovely purple flowers. Chives are tough and can tolerate drought, and they usually grow to be around 10-12 inches tall. Unlike onions, their leaves are round and hollow, and they grow in clumps from bulbs underground.
Chives prefer to be in full sunlight and can adapt to different types of soil, but they thrive best in soil that is rich in organic matter. The soil should be moist, fertile, and well-draining, and ideally around 60º to 70ºF.
To plant chives, sow the seeds about ¼ inch deep and space the plants 4 to 6 inches apart in all directions. Throughout the growing season, it’s important to water the chives consistently for better yields. Make sure to thoroughly moisten the soil when watering and use mulch to retain moisture and prevent weed growth.
Once the chives are fully grown, they require minimal care. After the flowers bloom, it’s essential to remove them to prevent the spread of seeds in your garden.
Chives can be susceptible to various diseases and pests such as bulb rots, white rot, mildew, rust, smut, fungal leaf spots, onion flies, and thrips. Regular harvesting of chives during the season is recommended to maintain tender leaves and promote the growth of new bulbs.
When harvesting, cut the leaves near the base, about one inch above the soil. The flowers can also be harvested and used as a garnish. While chives can be used fresh, they can also be dried or frozen for later use.
However, dried chives may lose their color and absorb moisture quickly. Chives are versatile in the kitchen and can be used to flavor various dishes like salads, dips, soups, stews, vinegars, cheese dishes, sour cream, and butter. Their flavor is milder and more subtle compared to other members of the onion family.
Introducing NAOMY F1, a superior variety of chives with several benefits:
- It yields approximately 1.8 kilograms of chives, with a pack out rate of 70%.
- It has resistance to adverse weather conditions and tip burns.
- The plants show good uniformity in growth.
- NAOMY F1 exhibits high growth vigor.
- It requires minimal to no precipitation while maintaining its weight.
- The chives have a deep color, which enhances their visual appeal.