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6/18/11 11:03 A

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I have had the same garlic chives plant for 8 years. It is growing happily in a terracotta pot and I just let it flower, then die back and then up it comes again. It has never lost its flavor and if it sprouts somewhere close by I either leave it to grow or just pull it up and use it. I grew my plant from purchased seeds. You can't beat it on salads instead of regular chives especially potato salad.

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6/18/11 11:01 A

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I have had the same garlic chives plant for 8 years. It is growing happily in a terracotta pot and I just let it flower, then die back and then up it comes again. It has never lost its flavor and if it sprouts somewhere close by I either leave it to grow or just pull it up and use it.

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5/19/11 12:45 P

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They are yummy and as opposed to regular chives, the clump (I have a bed : ) doesn't get ruined by cutting them. Try them on new potatoes with a little butter and sea salt.

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5/19/11 12:36 P

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Letting garlic chives or most other herbs bloom causes the plant to put its energy into the blooming & setting seed proccess rather than into the rest of the plant. This can affect the flavor and nutritional and medicinal/health quality of the plant.

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5/19/11 12:05 P

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Well they definitely do grow back. I have cut mine about 4 inches tall to get rid of the spent blooms and you can see the new growth by the next day. I just started this b/c I didn't really know what I was doing and thought others might know.... I tried one year picking off the blooms but there are just too many so I let them go.

I have had the same clump for years. They are very hardy in Zone 5 and I have shared them with numerous friends. They are GREAT on scrambled eggs!

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5/18/11 3:34 P

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Well, I started mine from seed, then I let them bloom because the flowers are so pretty and they make nice dried flowers, now I have garlic chives EVERYWHERE. I guess I would not let them go to seed at least, they have a distinctive black seed. I am not sure if cutting them back causes a fresh growth, but my experience is that you can't kill them so it is worth a try. I will have to take a shovel and try to dig them all out.

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5/18/11 1:53 P

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For the first time, i have purchased garlic chives planted in a small pot from the arboretum. I dont know either and want to know, i just cut the chives and will they keep growing again? how far shoudl i cut?

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I don't let mine bloom, I pick off the blooms as soon as I see the buds. That keeps them from setting seed and spreading and they seem to keep their flavor.

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5/18/11 1:16 P

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Once your chives bloom, what do you do?

Do you let the clump go? Whack it off so you can get fresh, unflowered spikes, or.....what?

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