Onion Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
Chives are members of the lily family grown for their leaves and flowers, which are equally popular in the garden and in the kitchen. Both onion and garlic chives are grown and used in a similar fashion. Some gardeners use onion and garlic chives as a perennial edging or border plant in a flower border or an herb garden. They also grow well in containers, both alone and in combination with other long-lived herbs such as rosemary.
Growing onion chives? You're not alone. Many gardeners grow them for their leaves and rosy purple flowers, both of which boast a mild onion flavor. They grow well in the ground or any pot, even a small one, or the pockets of a strawberry jar. The leaves of onion chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are hollow.
Chives prefer a rich, well drained soil and full sun/partial shade. Start seeds indoors about 4 weeks before the expected last spring frost; provide bottom heat is ideal, consistent moisture, and darkness. Sprouting occurs within 2-3 weeks; transplant 6-8" apart as soon as they grow big enough to handle, after chance of frost.
To direct sow, plant the seeds after the last frost of spring 1/4" deep in rows 18" apart, thinning to 6-8" apart as soon as the seedlings appear. Chives also make great container plants!