Hyssops makes a delightful 2' hedge producing dark blue flower spikes that are sure to attract any self-respecting butterfly, hummingbird or bee!
The foliage is dark green and slightly bitter lending to salads, soups and stews.
Sometimes used to flavor beer or wine.
Medicinally, hyssop has been used as an expectorant. It is said to be mildly anti-viral and is sometimes used for the common cold. Tea can be made for sore throats.
Sow hyssop seeds indoors or directly in the garden about 8 weeks before the last frost. Plant hyssop just beneath the soil’s surface or about a 1/8 inch deep. Hyssop seeds usually take between 14-21 days to germinate and can be transplanted to the garden after the threat of frost has ended in spring. Space hyssop plants about 12 inches apart.
I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.