Staro | Organic Chive Seed

$3.50$29.38 AUD excl gst

  • Heaviest leaf for processing and freezing.
  • Best for markets demanding a thicker leaf for freezing, drying, or fresh use.
  • Edible Flowers: Pull the florets apart and sprinkle on salads, dips, sauces, soups, stir-fries, and pizza. Great as an addition to potato salad.
  • Flavour is of mild, sweet onion.
  • Organically grown.
  • Avg. 21,100 seeds/30g.
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Description

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Allium schoenoprasum
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 18-21C.

SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): In spring, sow 6mm deep as soon as the soil warms up. Place 4-6 seeds every 15cm or 1-2 seeds per 25mm. Thin to 2-3 plants every 5-20cm. Keep free of weeds.
Transplant: Start seeds in flats 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Sow several seeds per plug, thinning to 3-4 seedlings per plug. Transplant seedling clusters 5-20cm apart in rows 45cm apart.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun/Part Shade.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: A fairly rich soil that is high in humus.

PLANT HEIGHT: 30-45cm.

PLANT SPACING: 5-20cm.

HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 3-9.

HARVEST: Individual leaves may be harvested once the plants are established. Harvest leaves before flowering begins. Leaves can be harvested 3-4 times per year, cut at ground level.

Leaves may be used fresh or dried. To dry, cut bundles into 6-12mm lengths. Spread one layer on a screen, allowing for air circulation. Place in a well-ventilated location out of direct sunlight. Stir periodically while drying.

Note: Mature chive clumps should be divided every 3 to 4 years.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Allium schoenoprasum

  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Hybrid Status: Open Pollinated
  • Certified organic: ACO12180
  • Days To Maturity: 75 – 85 Days

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