Levisticum officinale

A hardy perennial cousin of the celery.
Common name : Levisticum officinale
Scientific name : Levisticum officinale
Family : Apiaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
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Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Harvestint

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 6a
Height 60 - 200
pH 6 - 7

Plant my levisticum officinale

Lovage plants are planted in spring or fall, in light, draining, humus, cool, and rich soil. Place them preferably in the sun or partial shade. If your soil is not rich enough, add some ripe compost. Plant every 60 cm, but honestly only one lovage plant is enough for normal use. Dig a hole three times the size of the root ball, while soaking the root ball in the water for a few minutes. Put back some of the bottom soil, position the plant at the right height, and put the soil back in order. Tamp as you go, then water copiously.

Reap my levisticum officinale

Harvest the leaves throughout the season, favoring the smaller ones. You can easily store them by freezing or by drying them and keeping them in airtight containers. The seeds are harvested in the fall once they are well formed. Dry them to preserve them.

Water my levisticum officinale

Water during the summer season, once a week in case of dry weather, in the morning if possible. Water also during first month after planting, twice a week.

Fertilize my levisticum officinale

With a respectful approach to soil life, it's always better to fertilize a little in advance with organic material that will decompose; spread out a compost that isn't entirely decomposed, with well decomposed manure at the plant's base, and incorporate over 10 cm with a hoe. This operation is carried out in winter so that earthworms and bacteria have enough time to do their job.

Propagate my levisticum officinale

After three years, if you find that you do not have enough lovage plants - you never know, it can happen, huh - you can divide the strain. Pick out the offsets that are on the edge - help yourself with a tool if needed - and transplant them further.

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