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.
YOU CAN CUT THE WHOLE PLANT DOWN TO ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE INCHES OFF THE GROUND AND IT WILL HAPPLILY REGROW.
Yes, as Pansy says, cut them right down, give them a good watering and they'll regrow.
Thanks for that - I was wondering what to do with them. I hadn't realised that chive flowers were so pretty.
YES, THEY ARE VERY PRETTY. I HAVE SOME BACKED BY THOSE BIG PURPLE ALLIUM FLOWERS AND THEY ARE REALLY HANDSOME.
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.
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.
Thank you everyone.
Also thank you everyone
We eat them as well, mine have turned rusty so time to cut them right down and start again,