|Chives in full bloom|
The picture above is of my chives in full bloom looking beautiful!
Here is a picture of the chives right before I deadheaded them. You can see that the flowers are spent, they have lost their color and look dead.
|Chives after blooms have started to set seed|
The easiest way to deadhead chives is to give the whole plant a haircut just below the flowers with a hedge trimmer. This won't hurt the plant and will keep it looking tidy for the rest of the summer.
|Deadheading the chives|
Other tips about chives:
- Cut the foliage down to the ground in late fall or very early spring. I like to do it in late fall because chives are early spring growers.
- Chives are a perennial herb and are delicious in lots of different recipes. You can enjoy them for most of the year since they grow early in the spring and will stay green well into the fall.
- To harvest chives, cut the entire stalk down to the ground. You don't need to dig out the bulbs to enjoy the chives.
- When chive plants are mature and loaded with flowers, they can benefit from a hoop style support so the flowers don't droop to the ground. You can easily make your own temporary support out of stakes and string.