Do I get rid of chives?

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  1. Leanne2511

    Leanne2511 Apprentice Gardener

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    Newbie gardener here
    I planted some chive seeds a few weeks ago in a large pot in the garden and theyre starting to come up nicely.
    I read before planting them that they can be invasive which is why I kept them to a container but now I'm worried when they start to flower, their seeds will end up scattered over the garden (which is part lawn and the rest is a patio area full of other potted vegetables/fruits) and ill end up with chives popping up everywhere.
    Will they end up being more hassle than they're worth or are they OK as long as not planted directly into the ground?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Welcome Leanne. :) Yes, chives are best kept in a pot. When the flower heads start to die just pull them off and that will stop them from self seeding. I had a pot of them in my previous garden but no problem with them scattering seeds.

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    • Verdun

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      I grow chives in veg patch....never had a problem with them seeding.
      I divide them every couple of years. :)
       
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        They self seed but not too much and can be easily controlled. Best grown in the garden borders. The bees love them as do other pollinators and in the cooking you can never have enough.....just my opinion but I wouldn’t be without them.
         
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          The clump I have is prob 20 years old. Well behaved....as I said, never self seeded despite prolific flowering.
          I wouldn’t like to be without them either and so cost effective :)
           
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          • Freddy

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            I have a small clump here. I do get a few self-Seeded, but hardly invasive.
             
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              They can be invasive, well good to know. Yeah. just started 1,000 seeds in a large pot. hoping 500 of them come up. will keep them there for a bit. perhaps put them out somewhere in a nice sunny area and let them do their thing. I do have some good areas for such items.
               
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              Best way to get rid of chives is to eat them, flowers and all:heehee:
               
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