Herb - Lovage
Levisticum officinaleA fantastic edible landscape plant. Seeds, leaves and young stalks are used like celery with a complex slightly bitter, but still satisfying, flavor. Roots are used as a milder version of Dong-qui. Sow in beds or containers in fall or early spring. Plant eventually grows 4-7' tall unless heavily harvested. Perennial. (1/2 Gram Packet)
|Average Seed / oz||Seed / 100' Row||Average Yield / 100' Row||Days to Harvest|
|Planting Season||Ideal Soil Temp||Sun||Frost Tolerance|
|After Last Frost||65-80°F||Full Sun||Frost Sensitive|
|Sowing Method||Seed Depth||Direct Seed Spacing||Seeds Per Packet|
|Transplant or Direct Seed||1-4"||12"||160|
|Mature Spacing||Days to Sprout||Production Cycle||Seed Viability|
Lovage is a perennial or tender perennial (Zones 5-8) that will grow in full sun or shade and requires well-drained soil.
For best germination, expose seed to cool, moist conditions (stratification) for 2-3 weeks before sowing. The refrigerator works well for stratification. Sow seeds indoors several weeks before the last frost. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 65-80°F. Sow seeds 1” deep and 12” apart. Seeds will germinate in 14-21 days. Transplant outdoors once the danger of frost has passed. Space mature plants 24-36" apart.
Harvest leaves and stems any time during the growing season. Roots can be harvested in spring or fall. Seeds are ready for harvest in late summer/early fall.