Posted: 28/11/2013 at 11:01
Hi Clarngton, chives are tough as old boots - they die down completely in the winter and one of the first signs spring on one of the first few sunny days is the tiny spears of brilliant green pushing up through the soil.
They benefit from being divided regularly - I divide mine every spring when they're about 4" tall - I started off with three little clumps and now I have a border of chives all the way around my herb garden.
You could try bringing one of your pots into the house and keep it on the kitchen windowsill and it might keep going through the winter, to provide you with chives for your scrambled egg and smoked salmon on Christmas morning - but it would tire the plant and it wouldn't do so well for the rest of the year.
I'd rather buy one of the pots from the supermarket to keep indoors for the winter, then in the spring I'd split it into several clumps and pot them up or plant them out in the garden - they'd soon build up again and by next year you'll have a border of chives as thick and luscious as mine