Lovage HEIRLOOM Seeds

Lovage HEIRLOOM Seeds

Levisticum officinale

Item #5049

Perennial. Add that extra touch to soups, stews and salads. This ancient plant is considered an indispensable cooking ingredient by many who are aware of its virtues. The flavor is a cross between parsley and celery. It is often used in place of celery, but in much lesser quantities, since its flavor is so much stronger. At 6 feet tall, the plant is a handsome giant of the vegetable garden, and very productive and reliable – you won’t run out! Easy to establish in your garden from seed.



Perennial

Full Sun
to light shade

3’-8’ tall

Days to Emerge:
10-20 days

Seed Depth:
Press Into Surface

Seed Spacing:
A group of
6 seeds
every 3’

Row Spacing:
3’

Thinning:
When 1” tall,
thin to 1
every 3’


When to sow outside: 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost.

When to start inside: 8 to 10 weeks before average last frost.

Harvesting: Lovage’s size can be checked by frequent harvesting or by cutting back periodically. Leaf stalks are best harvested when young and mild-flavored at around 6", but leaves and stalks can be harvested at any point. To blanch the inner stalks for use as a mild flavored vegetable, bind stems together with string 2-3 weeks before desired harvest date. To collect seeds for use as a salt substitute or spice, cut off flower heads, sort out seeds and store in an airtight jar after they are completely dry.

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