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General information

  • Allium schoenoprasum, Chives
  • Amaryllidaeae family
  • Sunlight: sun and part shade.
  • Soil conditions: well-drained soil, rich in organic matter.
  • Grows well in a container.
  • Perennial
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Successful cultivars

  • Common (75-85 days) Bright green, slender leaves, mild onion flavor.
  • Garlic (90 days) Thin, flat leaves, delicate garlic flavor, attractive white flowers.
  • Dolores (75-85 days) Uniform slender leaves, upright habit.


Common pests and disease

  • Damping Off
  • Downy Mildew
  • Onion Thrips
  • Onion Maggot

This publication was created by Master Gardeners Rick Judd and Gail Hermenau. Photos courtesy of Gail Hermenau.

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