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Aeroponics Vs Hydroponics
Growing Hydroponic Chives

Chives

Growing the Microgreen chives is relatively easy. In this guide, I will take you through all the steps from seed to harvest and how to grow chives! 

Lets Get Planting Chives!

Chive Facts

  • Optimal PH: 6.1 to 6.8
  • 1260 – 1540 PPM
  • Temp: 65 – 80 degrees
  • Enjoys: nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus and a good airflow

Grows Well With

Hydroponic Chives

Chives are one of the most popular herbs to be grown hydroponically. Why? They do not take up much space, easy to grow for the nutrients intake, and can be grown with most herbs. A plus to growing Chives hydroponically is that they are super easy to propagate.

To begin growing this popular herb from seed, you will need to start from seed, or by propagating an already grown plant. Germination takes about 8 – 10 days, ready to transplant to your AeroGarden around 4 -6 weeks. For the liquid nutrient, you can use the same as you would for Parsley, and Cilantro. You will want about 14 hours of light each day for the best harvest.

What people like about growing hydroponic Chives, is that you can harvest and keep harvesting. This herb will continue to grow and grow after each harvest. For best results, place a fan near the chives.

Chives will produce flowers, you will need to pinch these off as soon as you see them to promote growth. When you go to harvest, use sharp scissors, and cut 1 – 2 inches from the base, near the water to allow the plant to continue growing.

Hydroponic Chives

Aeroponic Chives

Chives in an Aeroponic system do great, just like the Hydroponics systems. They have shown to increase yield in a shorter life cycle. For beginners, Chives is super easy and simple to start off with when learning how to grow in Aeroponics.

Indoor Chives

Growing Chives indoors is just like any garden herb. If you are using soil, chives grow best when watered frequently, and make sure you have a proper soil drainage. This herb thrives in full sun, growing almost anywhere. Place the chives in a south facing window or somewhere that receives at least six hours of sun a day.

Pruning

You should be pruning your chives back to 1 – 2 inches about the crown, about every other week. This will give your chives a nice harvest and will keep the herb lookin green and lush.

Pest Control

The best thing about growing your herbs indoors is the lack of pests that will attack due to being inside. The one to keep an eye out for is Aphids. If you find these attacking your chives, knock them off right away with a heavy spray or even use an insecticidal soap.

Diseases

When growing indoors, diseases are hard to come by. Although fungal diseases are common with indoor hydroponics. This could be a cause of the water, air flow, and nutrients.

Tips & Tricks

  • When you go to harvest your chives, only cut about 1/3 of the plant to stimulate growth.
  • Do not trim anything until 3 weeks for a full growth cycle
  • People will notice that as the chives grow, there may be a black seed on the top. Simply and gently pull those off
  • You can trim your chive plant to be a few inches shorter than a grow light
  • Growers notice that once chives begin to grow, they seem super thin. Give them time to become thicker!
  • Chives, depending on the variety, can take a long time to germinate and begin growing. Give your chives a chance before replacing it with a different seed!

Inside Scoop

Chive growers say that after you transplant, it is about 6 – 8 weeks before the plant if fully mature; about 8 weeks until you can start harvesting regularly.

It is actually hard to give your chive plant too much sun, as they are a hardy plant.

When starting chives in your AeroGarden, keep your light on the lowest setting until they start to thrive and grow like crazy.

Growers say that chives are more forgiving if you cut them down about an inch above the label.

There are four species of Chives; Common Chives, Garlic Chives, Siberian Chives, and Siberian Garlic Chives.

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