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Care of the plant Allium schoenoprasum or Chives.

Care of the bulbous plant Allium schoenoprasum or Chives

The genus Allium, family Amaryllidaceae, comprises more than 1,000 species of bulbous plants distributed throughout the planet, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. Some species are: Allium schoenoprasum, Allium neapolitanum, Allium sativum (Garlic), Allium crispum, Allium cepa (Onion), Allium senescens, Allium cernuum, Allium triquetrum, Allium nigrum.

Common name: Chives. This species is native to Eurasia and North America.

They are bulbous plants that can be grown in soil, in a pot or even indoors. The bulbs are not consumed but the leaves, which are very suitable for flavoring salads, sauces, etc.

The Allium schoenoprasum needs exposure to full sun or light shade. To avoid losing the leaves in winter, it can be stored indoors in a well-lit place.

The soil should be neutral or slightly acidic and well drained.

Fertilize annually with manure in spring.

Irrigation should be frequent but with little amount of water.

Harvesting is done 2 months after planting, cutting the leaves leaving 4 cm in length.

They can propagate from seeds or by division in spring.

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Allium schoenoprasum
Allium schoenoprasum
Allium schoenoprasum