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About This Plant...
Family: Umbelliferae
Genus and species: Levisticum officinale
Plant type: perennial
Height and width: 36-72 inches high; 36 inches wide
Location and soil: sun or partial shade; rich, moist, well-drained soil
Uses: fresh or dried leaves and stems in soups, stews, and sauces; fresh leaves and stems in salads; seeds in pickling brines, cheese spreads, dressings, sauces, and breads; beneficial wasps like flowers
Propagation methods: seeds and division
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 6-8 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 2-3 weeks before last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 2-3 weeks before last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 10-20 days
Germination temp.: 70 degrees F.
Days to maturity:
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 30 inches
Spacing between rows: 30 inches
Growing On...
Pests:
Diseases: leaf miners
Harvest: pick leaves and stems at any time; harvest seeds when mature by cutting off flower heads and sifting out seeds, then store in an airtight jar
Growing tips: use fresh seeds for best germination


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