Plant Names... Botanical name: Allium schoenoprasum Common name: Chives, Schnittlaugh Also known as:
Plant Type... Plant botanical type: Bulb, Weed
Use For... Coloured stems, Deer resistant, Rabbit resistant, Bee attraction
Description... This charming herb has rich green, grass-like leaves, tubular with a hollow centre. In summer, it produces pretty, round, pinkish mauve heads of flowers that are a delight. It is a plant for the herb garden or it can make an effective contribution to a herbaceous border when planted at the front. The foliage has the most delicate onion flavour and enhances many dishes including omelettes. In the wild it is found along the banks of streams and prefers fertile soil.
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Planting your new plant
Water the plant thoroughly when you get it home, and plant out as soon as possible. Make the hole for the plant larger that the pot it is in and the same depth. When removing the plant from the pot, squeeze the sides of the pot to loosen it. Loosen the roots of the plant, put the plant in the hole spreading the roots to encourage them to grow outwards. Fill round the edges of the rootball with soil to the same level as the surrounding soil.
Care for your plant
Plants in containers need plant food to thrive when in growth. Seek advice from your retailer regarding best product(s). Follow the packet instructions when applying plant food. Remove fading flowers to encourage fresh ones.
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