Glycyrrhiza glabra, or otherwise known as Licorice. This wonderful plant grows wild around the Mediterranean and Asia areas. Licorice is a perennial, a good plant to grow to attract pollinators. Grows well in Zones 6 to 11 Soak seeds overnight or about 24 hours in warm water. Place them in loose, well draining soil 1/4" deep, and keep moist. Sprouting may occur in within 1 to 2 weeks. Some farmers would keep them in the greenhouse for the first year, then when soil temperatures warm to 68°F transplant to full sun. Full maturity can take a few years. Produces gentle delicate purple flowers.
Many uses for Licorice root, try as a tea to help quench thirst, grind into a powder for baking and ice cream.
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.