Chives Allium Schoenoprasum - 3x 9cm Pot
Allium Schoenoprasum is a bulbous herbaceous perennial with a strong onion or garlic scent. Its light purple star or bell-shaped flowers form in an umbel on a leafless stem, and it forms a clump of erect, narrowly cylindrical leaves at its base. These edible leaves enhance the flavour of many savoury dishes. Chives are perfect for a sunny, well-drained border or graven garden.
- Foliage Colour: green
- Flower Colour: purplish pink
- Current Size: 9cm
- Approx. Growth Height: 10-50cm
- Max. Spread: 10cm
- Planting Time: spring
- Flowering Time: summer
- Uses: beds and borders, flower arranging, underplanting
- Habit: erect, spreading
- Exposure: sheltered
- Hardiness: hardy
- Rate of Growth: fast
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Moisture: moist but well drained, well drained
- Soil Requirements: chalky, clay, loamy, sandy
Allium Schoenoprasum will grow well in full sun in moist or well drained soil. Prepare the flower bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil. Prepare a hole for the plant, place the plant in the hole and carefully yet firmly fill in with loose soil.
Caring and Maintenance:
Add grit to clay soils in spring to improve drainage. In summer, divide and replant after flowering and separate offsets in early autumn. In early winter, plant 10cm deep in any moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil and remove faded or dead foliage.
A perennial is a plant that lives for more than two years. Perennials are flowering plants which grow and bloom over the spring and summer and then die back every autumn and winter. They typically grow structures that allow them to adapt to living from one year to the next through a form of vegetative reproduction rather than seeding. Perennial plants often have deep, extensive root systems which can hold soil to prevent erosion, capture dissolved nitrogen before it can contaminate ground and surface water, and outcompete weeds. They grow very well in conditions that are poor in resources due to their earlier emergence in the spring, and the development of larger root systems which can access water and soil nutrients deeper in the soil.