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Q.Dormant chives

Zone 48047 | anne_graber added on February 16, 2018 | Answered

I tried to save a terra cotta ( 1 gal?) pot of chives overwinter in a small patio shed. I brought the pot into the house about a month ago, watered it, and placed it under a grow light, but nothing has happened yet. Are my chives dead? Should they have sprouted by now if they’re still alive?

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Answered on February 16, 2018

Plants are susceptible to winter kill if you don't keep them watered; the roots need that water to protect them. I think a month is ample time to get them to sprout. I would remove the plant from the pot and examine the roots. Live roots are somewhat fleshy; dead ones are withered.

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