- Growing Tips
Freshly Packed: These seeds are packed for the current growing season and will provide high germination rates next year as well.
Premium Packaging: All seeds from The Old Farmer’s Almanac are packaged in individually styled packets ideal for gifts, storage or immediate use. Each packet displays the flower, vegetable, plant or herb variety on the front with instructions and plant facts on the back.
Start outdoors, in a sunny location, once soil has warmed to at least 65° F. Sow seeds 2" apart and 1/4" deep. Soil should be moist, fertile, rich and well-draining. Once seedlings emerge, thin so plants are spaced 4-6" apart. Moisten the soil thoroughly when watering; and water consistently to encourage high yields. Feed every 4-6 weeks. When harvesting cut leaves down to the base, within 1-2" of the soil. Harvest 3-4 times the first year and monthly in subsequent years.
Give your chives a head start! Plant seeds inside 4-6 weeks before the last frost date and then transplant seedlings when they're about 2 inches tall.
Put chives to work in your garden. Chives are great companion plants helping repel carrot flies, aphids, cabbage worms, and other pests.
Wit & Wisdom: Historically, bunches of chives hung in the home were used to drive away diseases and evil. Chives are said to symbolize usefulness. Read The Old Farmer's Almanac Chive Growing Guide!
Help Your Plants Thrive with Weed Control: Weeds compete with vegetables, flowers and other plants for water, space and nutrients. Give your plants their best life by keeping weeds under control with Organic Weed Barrier Paper, mulch or careful weeding.
Are Your Seeds Organic? What does Certified Organic and/or USDA Organic Mean?
All Purely Organic Seeds (and many varieties of the other seed brands we carry) are Certified Organic and carry the USDA Organic Seal. This means that our seeds are non-GMO (not genetically modified), and are chemical and pesticide free. They have passed rigorously standards and certified by a USDA Accredited agency. To determine whether the seed packet you're interested in is organic, look for the USDA Organic seal.
Are Your Seeds Heirloom? What are Heirloom Seeds?
Heirloom Seeds (sometimes called Heritage Seeds) are open pollinated vegetable and herb seed strains that have been planted, grown and harvested for several generations (usually more than 30 or 50 years depending on the variety) with consistent results. Heirloom seeds are always non-GMO and are never hybrids. All of our vegetable and herb seeds are heirloom seeds.
Are Your Seeds Non-GMO? What Does Non-GMO Mean?
Non-GMO means seeds (or other products) that were produced without genetic engineering and were not derived from GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). All of our seeds are non-GMO.
Where do Your Seeds Come From?
Most of the seeds offered on our site are USA Origin seeds sourced from certified US based suppliers. We do also source a small number of seeds from other countries. To view the specific origin of any of our current seed offerings, check the seed packet or look in the specifications for "Country of Origin" on any product page.
Are Your Seeds Packed for the Current Growing Season?
All of our seed packets are packed for the current growing season. If stored properly they will provide high germination rates for 1-2 additional years as well.
How Can I Store My Seeds Safely for Use in the Future?
Our seeds will generally retain their high germination rates for several years from the date of purchase. If you're planning on saving your seeds for us in the future, the most important thing to remember that seeds like to be stored where it is cool, dry and dark. The easiest way to ensure this for long term storage at home is to double-seal your seeds inside two zipper style bags and then place them in the freezer. (Make sure you label your seeds for future reference if they're not in original packaging.) When you're ready to plant your seeds, take just the ones you want to use out of the freezer and let them sit on a counter, in a covered container, for a few days to thaw and stabilize before being planted. To preserve germination rates, minimize temperature, light and humidity fluctuations by storing your seeds at the back of the freezer and only taking them out when you're ready to use them.
The Package with my Seeds in was Left Outside in Freezing and/or Rainy Weather. Will the Seeds Still Work?
As long as your seeds have not gotten wet they should work fine. Freezing temperatures will not hurt the seeds.
The Old Farmer's Almanac Organic Chive Seeds
|Seed Count||Approximately 220 Seeds|
|Packed for Year||2023 - These seeds are packed for the current growing season and will provide high germination rates next year as well.|
|Country of Origin||Italy|
|Seed Type||Organic, Non-GMO, Heirloom, Open Pollinated, Herb|
|Hardiness Zone||USDA 3-10|
|Scientific (Latin) Name||Allium schoenoprasum|
|When to Plant||Early Spring or Indoors|
|Planting Depth||1/4 Inch|
|Plant Spacing||4-6 Inches|
|Row Spacing||4-6 Inches|
|Light Preference||Full Sun to Partial Shade|
|Soil Preference||Moist, fertile, rich and well-draining|
|Moisture Preference||Moisten the soil thoroughly when watering; and water consistently to encourage high yields.|
|Time to Germination||14-21 Days|
|Time to Maturity / Harvest||80 Days|
|Plant Height||10-12 Inches|
|Edible||Yes, Chives are a popular herb. Both the leaves and the rosy purple flowers are edible with a mild onion flavor.|