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Lavender Hyssop From Seed

Posted by tn_veggie_gardner 6 (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 19, 10 at 13:55

I hear a lot of people on GW mention how hard it is to grow Lavender from seed. Well, luckily, 2 of my Lavender Hyssop seeds popped through the soil a few days ago! =) I only started 6 so maybe i'll get lucky and have a few more of them germinate. Any pointers or tricks to help these wee babies along to become healthy seedlings? Do they need to be potted up soon (They are currently about an inch and a half tall)? Any preferred potting medium, fertilizer, etc. for them? Any & all help greatly appreciated.

Thanks! - Steve

Here is a link that might be useful: Steve's Garden

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Lavender Hyssop From Seed

Actually, Lavender Hyssop (Agastache) is a totally different plant than Lavender (Lavendula). But, thats great you got germination! As a rule of thumb I usually transplant seedlings after 4 true leaves develop.

RE: Lavender Hyssop From Seed

Wow...I never knew that. I did buy it just for the flowers. Is Lavender Hyssop edible? If not, is it just mainly grown for flowers like I am doing? Keep in mind I know nothing about it except for the picture I saw

RE: Lavender Hyssop From Seed

It is edible; it has a sweet, licorice scent and flavor. Usually doesn't flower in it's first year. Does not smell/taste like lavender. It's also sometimes called Anise Hyssop, if that gives you an indication of the flavor.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lavender Hyssop

RE: Lavender Hyssop From Seed

Cool...thanks for the info & link!

RE: Lavender Hyssop From Seed

tn_veggie_gardner - I'm no master gardener but I believe the botanical name for anise hyssop is agastache foeniculum. It's called by several common names including hummingbird mint. The bees absolutely LOVE it. I've had bees stay on the same flower spike for 10-15 minutes or more at a time. All parts of the plant--including the seeds--have a strong licorice scent. Check the stems--they're square, like others in the mint family. I bought a packet of seeds at the job lots store three years ago and not only did it bloom the first year, it multiplied prolifically. Give it full sun and it's a happy camper.

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