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  • Please may I ask a (series of) stupid questions? Whether I get a supermarket pot to divide or sow from seed , how many chive plants am I aiming to have in a 6 inch pot? ( ie is it fine for them to be quite dense initially say 10-20 plants , and then divide and possibly plant out some as they grow ( if they all thrive?). And is it too late to sow seed this year?
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  • JenniB83JenniB83 Posts: 58
    I had my chives in a container with oregano, thyme and sage topped with gravel, it did look great but when I went to split the chives it all got mixed up so now I just have compost. I was quite rough pulling it up so if you're kinder to your plants you may not have that issue
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,431
    I wouldn't count them out. Depending on the size you bought, Split them into halves or quarters.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Thank you @B3
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  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 2,636
    Parsley, Chives, Coriander, Basil etc. bought from a SM can be divided to provide  up to 10 plus individual plants to grow on.
    Sage and Rosemary can't be split ( unless the SM has been extremely generous and there is obviously more than one plant in the pot ).
    It may not be as exciting but it is often cheaper and less problematic to propagate in this way ;)
  • dappledshadedappledshade Posts: 982
    Definitely perennial bulbs. Just divided my clump for the first time and it was only 3 years old. If they’re happy in their allocated spot, they will expand quite fast.
  • dappledshadedappledshade Posts: 982
    Mine grow at the base of a climbing rose and clematis, next to the pond, where it quite damp and dappled shade.
  • WildlifeloverWildlifelover Posts: 380
    Thanks. I bought some Chives today, along with Thyme and Sage. Are they all likely to flower this summer?
  • dappledshadedappledshade Posts: 982
    edited May 2021
    Depends if the sun ever returns 😁
    Only joking, I’m sure it will.

    So long as your thyme is in free draining soil with some grit, in full sun, it should flower. Some of mine have buds just beginning to open now. Depends a bit on the variety.

    Ditto to sage - it doesn’t like sitting in wet, badly draining soil and like a lot of sun and warmth.

    Chives don’t mind it cooler and damper, even very damp and can happily live at the edge of a pond, almost bog-like.
    Mine are all in bud and quite behind this year (normally by now the flowers would all be open).
    If your clump is very young/small, you may not get many flower stalks forming, but I seem to recall mine flowering from year 1.

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,332
    Thanks. I bought some Chives today, along with Thyme and Sage. Are they all likely to flower this summer?
    Yes they will. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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