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I have these two in one pot, the mint jumped in, and now I need it to jump out, I am going to repot it. Should I wait though till the chives have stopped flowering, to make sure it doesnt go into shock!

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  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,690

    It'll probably be easier to remove the mint now. If you leave it, the roots will have spread even more and disentangling it from the chives will be a tedious job. The chives may very well go into shock but they should come back nicely.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,858

    I wouldn't wait.

    I'd cut the chives hard back so they're only a couple of inches tall, chop them up and use them in scrambled eggs, omelettes, potato salad - whatever you can think of.  Absolutely delicious.  You can break the flowers up and use them to decorate a green salad too.

    Then disentangle the roots of the mint from the roots of the chives.

    Repot the chives in fresh compost - if there are quite a few you could probably divide them and make two pots of chives - I find they tend to spread to fill the space available.  They'll soon re-grow and give you lots more chives to eat.

    Pot the mint in its own (large) pot.

    Or of course, both of them could go in the garden - but for mint I sink a large bottomless pot into the ground, leaving the rim about 3" out of the soil, and plant the mint in that - to keep it under control image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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    I get on it now!

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,690

    Both plants are very nice in hot potato salad. Cook new potatoes, drain then mix with vinaigrette and add some chopped mint and chives.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,858
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    I've just made a lovely potato salad with chives and tarragon for our supper image

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  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190

    I have to cut my chives right back, they have gone rusty!

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • WateryWatery Posts: 388

    You can eat the chives flowers as well.    And they're pretty and bees like them.

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