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My chives flower too soon  

My problem is my chive plant. In spring it starts to flower, leaving few stalks to use. If I remove the flower heads more appear. It is situated in a sunny position. What am I doing wrong? This has happened year after year.


Lift, divide and replant clumps every 3-4 years. Cut leaves regularly to encourage new growth. Remove flowers when they appear, this will help improve flavour and increase the vigour of the plant as all of its energy is going into producing flowers and eventually seed.

UnitecAdvice by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor of Resource Management.

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