How to Save Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) Seeds

Seed Saving Guide #2742
Family: Amaryllidacea
Binomial name: Allium schoenoprasum

Flower Type Perfect, self-fertile
Pollination Insect pollinated
Isolation Distance 500m
Population Required for Viable Seeds 5
Population Required to Maintain Variety 20-50
When to Harvest When seeds are black and the capsules containing seeds begin to split open.
How to Harvest

Cut flower stems below umbels and dry in a paper bag or on a screen for 7-14 days until the seed heads are dry. Gently rub the capsules between hands to release the seeds.

How to Clean

Screen and winnow to remove chaff if necessary.

Image of Seeds Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

A cold period of 4-8 weeks below 13°C is required for plants to produce seed. Isolation may not be necessary if generic seeds (rather than a specific variety) are desired.

What is Seed Saving?

Seed saving is the practice of collecting and storing mature seeds from open-pollinated plants. By allowing plants to reach full maturity and harvesting the seeds, they can be cleaned, dried, and stored for future use. 

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