Herb - Valerian
Valeriana officinalisSweetly scented pink or yellow flowers appear in the second year. Believed to have strong sedative effects. Direct seed or transplant in spring. Prefers moist, well drained soil. Needs light to germinate so sow on top of soil and press down but do not cover. Full sun to partial shade. Perennial.(0.1 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/Part||Frost Sensitive|
|Sowing Method||Seed Depth||Direct Seed Spacing||Seeds Per Packet|
|Transplant or Direct Seed||surface||8-12"||140|
|Mature Spacing||Days to Sprout||Production Cycle||Seed Viability|
Valerian is a perennial (Zone 4-7) that will grow in full sun or shade and prefers rich, moist soil.
Start seed indoors in spring and transplant outdoors once the danger of frost has passed. Seeds can also be direct sown outdoors in spring. Sow seeds 8-12" apart on the soil surface and press lightly to settle. Seeds germinate best when soil temps are 65-80°F. Seeds will sprout in 10-20 days. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 30-36″ apart.
Harvest roots in the fall of the first or second year. Root quality deteriorates after the second year. Valerian root is used fresh or dried in tinctures and decoctions.