The chives plant (Ilex europaea) is a member of the lily family (Lily-of-the-valley). The chives plant grows as tall as six feet. It is a perennial plant found in Europe, Asia and North America. The leaves are alternate and dark green in color with a spiny appearance. The plant is a perennial, which is considered an indoor plant because of its ability to grow under full sunlight.
Chives planting begins with choosing the proper location. The area that you choose for planting chives should receive four to six hours of light from the southern part of a window. If you choose a window that is directly south of the house, it would be better if you place the container on a southern exposure. Also, try to avoid putting the container close to flowering plants such as roses. Although, these plants are attractive and look nice when they bloom, they can cause your chives plant to become unstable and have to be re-fertilized.
The second step in chives planting is preparing the soil properly for planting chives. If your soil is not prepared correctly, the chives plant will be more susceptible to diseases. The first step in preparing the soil is to make sure that it is well-drained so that the water will drain out easily. Place half a cup of bone meal in your pot. This ingredient helps make soil less acidic.
After adding the bone meal, fill the bottom of your planting container with potting soil. When you have finished preparing the soil, it is time for the actual planting. Remember to position the chives seeds indoors at a depth of two inches to get the best results.
Most people prefer to plant chives in the flower garden. They come in various shades of purple, which makes them perfect for a color garden. Planting them in a container will also make them easier to grow. However, if you have the room and are able to stake the herbs to grow them, they will also look great in a garden. There are different ways to plant chives, depending on how you would like to use them.
Planting them in a hole in the ground two to three inches deep works well. For those that prefer the flavor of being indoors, a shallow trough that is two to three inches deep is perfect. If you are growing the chives inside the house, then they need to be planted within four to six inches of each other. When it comes to the drainage, one should water only during periods of drought and never let puddles sit for long. The leaves will dry out quickly if water is left sitting for too long.
One tip to remember when planting chives is to place them one to three inches deep. Then start with four to six inches of new soil. Keep in mind that if you are growing them indoors, you will need to keep them watered. When it comes to the drainage, one should water only during periods of drought and never let puddles sit for long.
When you are growing chives, another tip to keep in mind is to use a good fertilizer. Do not use any wood based fertilizers as they will tend to burn the leaves of your chives. If you are growing them for flavor, you can apply a light coat of unsweetened yogurt or a mild wood cleaner. Keep the dirt moist and lightly till the soil to break up the dried out dirt. When you are ready to move the chives outdoors, be sure to divide them by two-thirds and set them in containers that are three inches deep.