Lovage – Levisticum officinale

The lovage seeds sown on 27th February have grown into sturdy young plants. Today, they were planted out into their final positions.

Cotyledon stage - 19th March (20 days after sowing).
Cotyledon stage – 19th March (20 days after sowing).

Lovage ready for planting out (109 days after sowing)
Lovage ready for planting out (109 days after sowing)lovage roots

 

Most guidelines say that the seed is difficult to germinate if not sown in the autumn it was formed: this wasn’t my experience – I had 100% germination and emergence from this late February sowing.

Lovage is a tall, herbaceous perennial: it needs plenty of space, but will reward you year after year with a plentiful supply of celery-ish flavoured leaves. Because it will die down over winter, leaves need to be harvested and dried or frozen for year-round use.

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