General: confused chives!

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  1. SpringTurtle

    SpringTurtle Member

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    I have a pot out back that i grew my chives in last year and to my suprised the chives are comingup right now! I have not grown them in a pot like this over a whole season before so I am not sure when they are suposed to sprout up...if we get another freeze wold it kill the chives becase they ar sprouting this early? Also I have onions sprouting now..will they make it through a freeze also?

    What can I do to protect them?

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    The chive plant is a hardy perennial. Many other kinds of plants are sprouting or budding now also.
     
  3. Barbara Lloyd

    Barbara Lloyd Well-Known Member

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    Where on the NW west coast would be more helpful. NW Coast still covers a lot of territory and a couple of zones.
     
  4. SpringTurtle

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    Thanks for the help. Lot of new things this year, many firsts. I am glad the chives are so hardy. Hope the onions are also:) It has been a really mild January but i know we still have a way to go to be in the clear yet.
     
  5. leaf kotasek

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    the chives are in a pot, you say? i'm sure they'll be fine (hollyberry lady and ron know everything), but i did have a pot of strawberries freeze solid one winter. of course, the strawberries all died.

    i don't know if chives are more hardy than strawberries (enlightenment, please!), but i wouldn't leave container plants unprotected all winter. wrapping the pot in burlap and tucking it in close to the house for shelter is a fantastic idea.

    your chives are probably fine for now, though. huzzah!
     
  6. SpringTurtle

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    Thank you..the chives seem to be doing very well even through a couple heavy frosts we had lately.
     

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