By: Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Growing chives indoors make perfect sense so that you may have them near the kitchen. Use chives liberally in dishes; chives growing indoors will benefit from a regular trim. Keep reading to learn more about how to grow chives indoors.
A sunny south window offers the six to eight hours of full sunlight needed when growing chives inside. Rotate pots if chives are reaching toward the light.
If a sunny window is not an option, chives growing indoors can get the necessary light from a fluorescent fixture six to twelve inches (15-30 cm.) above the pot. Two 40-watt bulbs work best when growing chives inside.
Chives growing indoors appreciate other growing pots close by to provide humidity as well as a fan for air circulation. Humidity for indoor chives may also be provided by nearby pebble trays filled with water or miniature water features nearby. Misting with a water bottle can also help prevent low humidity.
Chives growing inside should be watered when the soil is dry to the touch on the top.
Low dose fertilization is recommended for growing chives indoors. A water soluble fertilizer at half strength may be applied twice per month; heavier doses may weaken the taste of the chives.
When growing chives indoors, pests should be minimal. Often the aroma of chives acts at a pest repellent, but in the event of insect problems, spray well with soapy water. This can be applied as needed.
To begin growing chives indoors, fill a 6-inch (15 cm.) clay pot with well-draining potting medium which you have pre-moistened. Soil should form a ball when squeezed, but not be soggy or dripping water. Broadcast seeds over the pre-moistened medium and cover with a fine layer of the pre-moistened soil, about ¼ inch (.6 cm.) deep. Place in the lighted area. Seeds may be kept moist until germination with a mist of water, weak plant food or weak compost tea.
Chives germinate within two weeks, often more quickly. Growing chives indoors offers a handy and easy way to season your food and brighten your space.
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Growing herbs indoors is a great way to continue gardening right through the coldest days of winter. And all while giving incredibly fresh flavor to all kinds of dishes, soups, salads and more!
Best of all – it’s easy to do, and doesn’t require a lot of space or special equipment. In fact, all you need is a sunny windowsill and good soil, and you’re ready to go
With a sunny windowsill and good soil, you can grow a whole slew of delicious herbs. They not only brighten up dreary winter days, but give big flavor in the kitchen
Here is a look at how to set up your own indoor herb garden, along with 5 perfect herbs to try growing inside.
You can enjoy the mild chive flavor all winter long. Chives are one of the easiest plants to grow indoors over winter. They tolerate the lower light of the winter sun and typical temperature fluctuations that they may experience on a kitchen windowsill. See 5 Herbs that Thrive Inside All Winter for more herbs that withstand indoor winter growing conditions.
Indoor chives thrive on a south-facing window that receives at least 4-6 hours of sunlight per day. Alternatively, you can grow chive plants under Growing Lights.
Chives can be started from seed, but they will produce quicker when grown from divisions from established garden plants.
Herbs are a beautiful and often fragrant addition to your outdoor garden plot or container garden, as well.
For beginning gardeners, starting herbs from seed indoors or using plants that have already been started can make growing herbs outdoors a little easier. Once you have established plants, you can begin to transition them outdoors, especially once the danger of frost has passed.
As you learn how to grow herbs outdoors, you’ll want to carefully plan where you’ll be planting your herbs. Certain types of herbs, like mint, spread very rapidly and can take over a garden patch. For these, you might be better off planting them in containers to help control the spread.
When planning where to plant, you can use your herbs as border plants or distribute them throughout the garden, between other plants. You can even choose herbs by color to compliment the other plants in your flower bed or container garden.
Keep a close eye on the weather, making sure to water your herbs as necessary. You’ll want to keep the soil damp and be sure that the plants are getting adequate sunlight or shade, depending on the variety.
Fertilizing and trimming or pinching back your herbs is helpful when growing them outdoors. For those that are perennial plantings, you’ll want to make sure that you pinch back or trim in the springtime, as that will encourage new growth.
Chive butter is really easy to make. It’s a great way to use extra herbs so that they can be used later.
You can also use chives to make chive butter. It is really easy to make and tastes delicious as a topping. I love it on a piece of steak fresh from the grill!
Chive butter is great on crackers and home made crudites, and very tasty used on meat, fish and vegetables. The recipe is on the card below.