Specialty culinary herb.Young leaves taste like celery and are used in spring salads and with potato, rice, and poultry dishes. Roots and young stems are also edible. Young stems can be cut, peeled, and used in salads. Stems are smooth, hollow, and thick.
• Attracts Beneficial Insects: If allowed to flower, provides pollen and nectar for beneficial insects such as bees, hoverflies, lacewing larva, lady beetles, parasitic wasps, and tachinid flies.
USDA Certified Organic. Avg. 8,900 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days.
SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Start 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost. Sow seeds thickly about 1/4" deep in flats. Transplant to individual containers when seedlings have 4 true leaves. Transplant outdoors in spring or early summer 18-24" apart in rows 3′ apart.
Direct seed: Lovage may be directed seeded in the spring or in early fall for germination in the spring. Sow 1-2 seeds per inch in rows 3′ apart. When 3-4" tall, thin to stand 6" apart. Lovage dies back in the winter, but comes back quickly in early spring. In the spring, it can be further thinned to stand 18-24" inches apart.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun/Part Shade. Lovage grows best in full sun, but will tolerate part shade.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Performs best in moist, fertile soil, but will grow in most soils.
PLANT HEIGHT: 48-78".
PLANT SPACING: 18-24".
HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 4-8.
HARVEST: Harvest leaves the first year once the plants have become established. Entire branches may be cut the second year.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Levisticum officinale