I can clearly see that look of confusion on your face. How on earth can you grow candy, shouldn’t we be making it instead? Sorry, not in this case. We are actually talking about the herb and not the candy. Having said that are you ready to discover how to grow licorice and perhaps add it to your herb garden?
I thought I should mention right off the bat that this is actually a pretty easy herb to grow. It is a perennial that grows to about 5 feet tall, that is a close relative of beans and peas. The plant itself not only has a very intense taste, the same goes for its scent too. The roots is where you will find that interesting licorice flavor. This herb has many medicinal uses and can also be used as a natural sweetener.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- licorice seeds or rhizome
- organic fertilizer
- seedling tray (optional)
- seedling mix (optional)
This plant requires moist, sandy soil which has an alkaline PH. It is also recommended that you grow it in a raised bed, in order to prevent it from taking over your garden once it has been established. Start of your seeds indoors in the fall, germination should take up to 21 days. Transplant your seedlings or rhizomes when you are ready in the spring. When planting more than one, keep your spacing between 1 to 3 feet.
As far as pests and diseases are concerned, keep an eye out for spider mites, powdery mildew, slugs, as well as caterpillars. Apply some mulch and water regularly, especially during the summer months. It will take at least 2 years before your plant is ready to be harvested. At this time you can simply use a small shovel to dig up the roots you need to use. Make sure that you replant the plant, in order to allow it to regrow. The roots can be stored for a few months before use.
You can get more information on the Balcony Garden Web blog, here…
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