Lovage (Levisticum officinale). Want to grow celery but find it too difficult? Lovage is the plant for you. The flavor is like very strong celery. Just snip fresh leaves and add to salads, soups, stews or whatever strikes your fancy. Dry leaves retain their flavor so you can keep a jar full around for winter cooking. Perennial plants are large so give them room to grow. (5-6ft tall). Lovage is one of the first plants to appear in early spring.
|How To Grow||Sow seed directly outdoors in a sunny site with average soil in mid to late May or from mid August through to early September. Seed can also be started indoors in a soil-less mix 6-8 weeks before last frost date - use plantable peat or paper pots as lovage does not transplant well. Keep temperature at 21 C (70 F) for the 10-20 day germination period, then grow on at a slightly cooler temperature before hardening off and transplanting outside after the danger of frost has passed. Sow seed 6 mm (1/4") deep and 7.5 cm (3") apart then thin to 60-90 cm (24-36") apart in the garden.|
|Blooming Season Begins||High Summer|
|Propagation||Start Indoors or Sow Direct in Spring or Late Summer|
|Days to Emergence||10 to 20|
|Height||Medium Tall (50 to 100 cm)(20" to 39")|
|Frost Tolerance||Winter Hardy|
|Degree of Difficulty||Easy|
|Heritage||Introduced Species Now Naturalized|
|Suggested uses.||Flavouring sauces, cheese spreads, soups, stocks and broths.
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