After several years of failing with chives I finally learned that down here in Savannah, GA I need to put tender little chive plants into the ground in the early fall, so they can settle in and grow roots without being burned up in our summer heat. Which leads me to my questions:
1) Harvesting. What percentage of a chive clump can I cut at once, or if I "mow" it, leaving a couple of inches of green, will it grow back?
2) Dividing. Never had to do this before, so I'm baffled, but the chives are so strong and healthy now I think they'll probably go through the summer. My instincts tell me to divide in the early fall, so the "new" plants will have a chance to settle in just like the little ones did last fall.
We love chives (Vichysoisse just isn't the same without chopped chives), and they do freeze beautifully, so I'd love to keep the chives I now have, and increase them for the future. Any guidance will be gratefully received!