Chives should be sown indoors in soil trays or pots 4-6 weeks before the last frost of your spring season. You can sow the seeds 1/4 inch deep in the soil and they will germinate in 7-14 days. You can transplant your seedlings outdoors as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring and place them 4-8 inches apart. Chives will grow well in full sun or partial shade. Once chives plants are established they can be divided in the sring and in the fall.