Organic Chives - Staro
This variety has a mild onion flavour that makes an excellent for garnish for potato salad, soups and other savoury dishes. This perennial member of the onion family is undemanding and easy to grow, returning year after year, and attracting bees and butterflies to its pretty pink blooms. Chives are an essential addition to the herb garden. Chives also make an excellent companion plant, deterring pests such as carrot root fly. Height: 20cm. Spread: 315cm.
Sow seeds from March to June, in pots or trays on the surface of barely moist seed compost and cover with a sprinkling of finely sieved compost. Place in a propagator at 20-25C until germination which takes up to 21 days. Transplant seedlings in bunches to small pots or cells until large enough to plant outdoors. The seeds can alternatively be sown directly outdoors in a sunny spot 7mm deep in rows 20cm apart. Plant 3cm apart in well prepared soil in full sun, once the frost risk has passed. It can also be grown in a pot indoors for a long season of use.