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Chives have flowered

GrajeanGrajean Posts: 352

My 2 large clumps of chives have flowered, do I cut off the flowers, or cut the whole plant to ground level and if so will new growth appear this season.

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,154

    YOU CAN CUT THE WHOLE PLANT DOWN TO ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE INCHES OFF THE GROUND AND IT WILL HAPPLILY REGROW.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,465

    Yes, as Pansy says, cut them right down, give them a good watering and they'll regrow. image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Thanks for that - I was wondering what to do with them.  I hadn't realised that chive flowers were so pretty.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,154

    YES, THEY ARE VERY PRETTY. I HAVE SOME BACKED BY THOSE BIG PURPLE ALLIUM FLOWERS AND THEY ARE REALLY HANDSOME.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Oh - mine have also flowered. Are we not meant to leave the flowers on there?

    I saw Kelly Brook eating the chive flowers on TV on Chelsea.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,465

    I leave the flowers for the bees and pick some for salads, but as soon as they start to become dry and papery I cut the chives back to get fresh growth ... otherwise the chives turn tough and unpleasant to eat.  

    It also helps encourage the chives to multiply by forming offset  'bulbs' rather than letting them produce seeds. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • GrajeanGrajean Posts: 352

    Thank you everyone.

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Also thank you everyone

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,925

    We eat them as well, mine have turned rusty so time to cut them right down and start again,

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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