How to regrow chives?

Tova Pearl
by Tova Pearl
Are chives the kind of plant that can be regrown, or is it that when I cut the stems to use-- that's it? Would repotting help? Thanks!!
  13 answers
  • Kathee Hering Kathee Hering on Sep 02, 2016
    I regularly cut mine all the way down and they quickly re-grow themselves, no repotting necessary. It helps to pick out the brown ones before cutting.
  • Debby Debby on Sep 02, 2016
    I just cut my back and they grow
  • Cindy D'Ortona Cindy D'Ortona on Sep 02, 2016
    Chives are perennial herbs so cutting the for use just encourages new growth
  • Lindy Lindy on Sep 02, 2016
    Mine are outside next to my condo patio. They winter over and regrow every year (this is called a perrennial plant). Maybe planting them ouside will make them grow more vigorously? I just cut what I need and they regrow.
  • Julie.shirley Julie.shirley on Sep 02, 2016
    Mine are in a large whiskey barrel outside and every years they come back. The most hearty herb I have.
  • Tamar Lundeen Tamar Lundeen on Sep 02, 2016
    chives form small bulbs. Easily divided for more clumps to share with friends
  • From the picture you provided, yes, divide and re pot. They will regrow on their own. I have some in pots and some in the ground. If it gets cold enough, they will go dormant, but leave them alone, they will pop right up come spring. Since I am in Southern California, mine grow almost year round. Hope this helps! Oh and I have far too many chives, as once they "go to seed" (bloom), they will pop up everywhere! I dug a ton out and gave away since I had so many!
  • Sharon Sharon on Sep 02, 2016
    Mine are garlic chives they are treated the same as reg chives they winter over in our harsh winters easy to raise.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 03, 2016
    Since you have chosen to plant the chives in a pot,it would be in your best interest to re-pot them to encourage new growth.Since they are a bulb do not cut anything back now as the bulbs feed from the foliage.
  • Ruth  Nederlk Ruth Nederlk on Sep 03, 2016
    never could grow chives so bought dry chives in bottle. Wonder if I could grow the dry ones and will they seed?
    • Tamar Lundeen Tamar Lundeen on Sep 03, 2016
      no the dried ones won't grow. If you want to grow them from seed, you can buy seeds and they grow easily that way. They take care of themselves and grow better in the yard than a window sill.
  • Carolyn Fielder Carolyn Fielder on Sep 03, 2016
    Cut them back to about an inch or two from the base. "Comb" out the dead leaves, clean and use the green ones. Chives do better if cut back this way. They will grow back repeatedly and get stronger. You can also eat the flowers. The buds are lovely in stirfries.
  • Erin Maloney Erin Maloney on Sep 03, 2016
    Everyone saying re-pot the plant is giving good advice. However, I believe that your plant is not getting enough direct sun and that is the reason for the weak growth. Chives need 6 or more hours of sunlight to grow with vigor. Cutting the flowers before they set seed (before the flowers dry) will also strengthen the plant.
  • Chris Chris on Sep 06, 2016
    I have mine in a 10" terra cotta pot. It sits on my back patio year round. I live in Central Illinois. Lots of sun, at least 5 hours a day. I cut with kitchen shears when I want to use. They will grow back, so you always have a ready supply. leave outside in the winter and they come back every Spring. I have had mine 12 years now. Enjoy,