How to Divide Chives
EASY TO DO!
Divide chives plants every 3 years (or so).
Dividing your chives plants periodically will:
- Freshen the plant, for optimal plant health.
- keep the chives plants to a manageable size.
- Give you extra plants to place around the garden or give to friends.
Dividing chives works best in either the early fall, or early spring. This gives the plant time to rebuild its root structure.
(As you can probably tell from the natural lighting, these photos of dividing chives were taken in the fall.)
Trim the chives, leaving around 3" of leaves on the plant. (If harvesting in the fall, this is the last harvest before winter.)
Step 2: Dig a wide circle, about 8" out from the plant, circling the plant, loosening the soil as you go.
Step 3: Use the shovel to gently lift the plant, roots and all.
Step 4: Very gently shake the dirt from the roots. (Sometimes I'll just roll the plant back and forth to dislodge the dirt in the roots.)
Step 5: Divide the plant. Use a shovel, trowel, or similar tool to split the plant in the middle (working from the top (green side) down toward the roots). Gently pull the separate clumps of plants/roots apart, little by little, until the two clumps are fully divided.
Step 6: Place one of the divided chives plants back where it came from (if desired), and replant the new one elsewhere (or else pot it to give away).
Step 8: Fertilize by adding some compost for the roots. (This is vermicompost I'm using here.)
Step 9: Fill in the remainder with the garden soil & water well.
Note: the advice and information contained herein is based upon our experience and study. As with any advice, please apply at your own discretion.