Richters ProGrowers Info

Richters ProGrowers Info

  Chives (Allium schoenoprasum, A. tuberosum )
Market Products:   (leaf, flower);   (leaf, flower);     Market size: 24,000 hectares (world), 3,200 ha (North America)   Prospects: prices stable, volume up
Culture Seed density: 750 (A. schoenoprasum), 200-300 (A. tuberosum) seeds/gram   Exposure: full sun   Soil: well-drained, fertile, humus-rich   Crop duration: 3-5 years
    Sowing rate: 2-3 kg/ha (direct), 1 kg/ha (indirect).   Planting: sow direct in field in spring, or sow indirect in plugs 12-16 weeks before field planting. Field must be free of quackgrass otherwise harvests will be contaminated.   Field spacing: 30cm between rows x 10cm within rows.   Yield: fresh leaf 10-20t/ha (years 2-5).   Pests: aphid   Diseases: puccinia rust, downy mildew.   Buyers want: good green colour (dry leaf).  
  Sowing rate: 5-20g/1000plants (A. schoenoprasum), 50g/1000plants (A. tuberosum)   Planting: sow 10-15 seeds per plug or pot, or sow same amount direct in pots.   Seeds to saleable plants: 24-30 weeks.   Seeds to finished plugs: 12-16 weeks.   Plugs to saleable plants: 11 weeks.   Pests: aphid, thrip   Diseases: few problems.  
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