This has to be one of the dumbest questions I have ever asked, but please
bear with my lack of knowledge.
I'm just growing herbs for the first time. When snipping chives, do I snip
an inch or so at once from the entire growth, or do I clip the individual
chive stem down to the base?
(Told you it was dumb. ;-( but I'll learn.)
Either method can work. If you clip the individual chive stem, leave about
1" remaining above the soil level. This is my preferred method as the plant
will replace the removed stem with a fresh one, and I think the appearance is
Just happen to have 'Organic Gardening' mag with a long article on
herbs close to hand. "Chives are at their culinary best when their
tubular leaves are young, narrow and tender -- this is *before* the
plant flowers. To harvest those leaves, cut them off in clumps about
half an inch from the ground. (Don't just cut off the tips; what's
left standing will turn brown and become useless.) To rejuvenate a
plant that has flowered and turned tough, cut if all off (even mow it)
close to the ground; it will regrow quickly."
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