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UK sources of unusual chives

The common form of chives are widely available in Garden Centres, Plant Nurseries, Herb Farms or Nurseries They are even available as potted plants from supermarkets in the herb section, but if you use these "kitchen" plants beware they are not "hardened off" and need to be slowly adjusted to the outside weather and temperature, except in very good summer weather.

To find the non-common forms you will probably need to go to Herb Farms or some Ornamental/Bulb sources. The ones I have got plants from are listed below. Not all have a comprehensive website that list all that might be available - I would suggest you email and ask what they currently offer as chive cultivar for sale, or may have it in future years. Beware that garlic chives (Chinese chives) although nice, and edible, are different plants altogether names Allium tuberosum. Likewise blue chives (Siberian chives, Syrian chives) are Allium nutans, not chives. There is a species that looks quite similar to chives, known as oriental chives or Allium maximowiczii, which could easily be confused, with similar coloured flowers but they are larger and the leaves are semi-circular not round like chives.

The sources listed below are those that I have had chives from

Barnes Nurseries
Website: barnesnurseries.co.uk 
Address: 46 Woodmansterne Lane, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 0SW, England
Telephone: 02086 478213
Email: info@barnesnurseries.co.uk
Mail Order: yes
Nursery Sales: 

Edible Garden Nursery - closing down
Website: theediblegardennursery.co.uk  
Address: Moorland Barn, Whiddon Down, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 0QL
Telephone: 01647 400301
Mobile: 07905 518666
Email: ediblegardennursery@gmail.com 
Mail Order: yes
Nursery Sales: yes

Edulis
Website: edulis.co.uk 
Office Address: 1 Flowers place, Ashampstead, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 8SG, England
Office Telephone: 01635 578113
Mobile: 07802 812781
Email edulisnursery93@gmail.com 
Nursery Address: (open by appointment only for collecting orders, very limited parking and no toilet) The Walled Garden, Tidmarsh Lane Pangbourne, RG8 8HT
Mail Order: yes
Nursery Sales: no; collection of pre-ordered plants possible

Jelitto Perennial Seeds (Germany, UK, Japan, North America)
Website: jelitto.com 
UK Office Address: Meadows (Fenton) Ltd, P O Box 78, St Ives, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6ZA
UK Telephone: 01480 463570
UK Office Email: Angela Whiting angela@jelitto.com , Luke Whiting luke@jelitto.com
Mail Order Seeds: yes
No Nursery

Johnson's Seeds
Website: johnsons-seeds.com 
"Ordinary" chives seeds and chive cultivar seeds 'Biggy', available through Garden Centres.

National Herb Centre
Website: herbcentre.co.uk 
Address: Banbury Road, Warmington, near Banbury, OX17 1DF, England
Telephone: 01295 690999
Fax: 01295 690034
Email: info@nerbcentre.co.uk
Mail Order: yes
Nursery Sales: yes

New Leaf Nurseries, Anglesey
Website: newleafnurseries.co.uk 
Address: 1 Edmund Street, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 1SA, Wales
Mobile: 07740 347836
Email: info@newleafnurseries.co.uk 
Mail Order: yes 
Nursery Sales: orders for collection, plus local deliveries
Sales at local events 

Poyntzfield Herb Nursery
Website: https://poyntzfieldherbs.co.uk 
Address: Black Isle, by Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty, IV7 8LX, Scotland
Telephone: 01381 610352, Mon-Fri 12noon to 1pm
Email: info@poyntzfieldherbs.co.uk 
Mail Order: yes, but only September to October and February to March
Nursery Sales: 

 

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