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Growing Chives from Cuttings?

Chives are one of the most versatile, easy-to-grow plants out there. But, can you grow chives from cuttings? Unfortunately growing chives from cuttings is not easy, but there are some much easier ways to cultivate a new chive plant.

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Growing chives from cuttings?

Can you grow chives from cuttings?

If you have been wondering can you grow chives from a cutting, I’m sorry to tell you that chives are very difficult to grow from a cutting.

Many herbs will grow from stem cuttings. However, chives themselves are leaves, not stems. The ability to grow a new plant from a leaf cutting is limited to very few species of plants (see: new plants from cuttings).

So how do you grow chives?

The good news is that chives are really easy to grow in many other ways. propagate by separating and transplanting a clump from an existing plant. You simply dig out part of an existing chive plant and repot it.

You can even regrow a chive plant from the bulb and roots that remain after you have harvested the chives from the top part of the plant. Either leave it where it is and the chives will regrow,

Or if you want a new plant just dig up the roots from the part you have harvested, and repot. Just remember to keep the soil moist while it beds in. It really is as simple as that!

If you have a bit more time, chives are also really easy to grow from seed. See this article for more: Growing chives from seed

How to store chive cuttings

If you have a bunch of chive cuttings are wondering what to do with them, there are a few options for storing them to keep them good for a while.

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The easiest way to store them is to place them in a glass or jar of fresh water, just like cut flowers, and keep them in a cool place. Replace the water every few days and discard any that turn mushy. Chive cuttings will stay good for a few weeks stored this way.

If you live in a hot climate then you can also place the jar of chives in the fridge to help keep them fresher for longer.  

It is also very simple to dry chives, or you can wash them, cut them and freeze them.

>>Related article: How to dry chives

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