How to Plant Chive Seeds


Maintaining an edible garden of herbs provides you with self-sufficiency and beautifies your landscape. A hardy and perennial herb such as chives introduces season after season of fresh flavors and beautiful flowering tops. Plant chive seeds in fertile, sunny soil.

Step 1

Choose a spot in your yard that receives full sunlight throughout the day. The border of a flower bed makes an ideal spot for chives.

Step 2

Prepare a 2-by-2-foot square by turning the ground with a hand trowel or shovel.

Step 3

Add 5 cups of potting soil and 5 cups of kitchen compost to the 2-by-2-foot square of turned earth.

Step 4

Mix the enriched soil contents together thoroughly with a hand trowel.

Step 5

Scatter a couple dozen of the small black chive seeds over the surface of the enriched soil.

Step 6

Water the area once every four days, administering approximately 3 inches of water each time. The seeds germinate in 7 to 13 days and produce fragrant and flavorful shoots within 30 days.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand trowel
  • Potting soil
  • Kitchen compost
  • Chive seeds


  • North Carolina State University: Chives
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