Licorice, Official (Glycyrrhiza glabra) seeds

$3.95$44.10

Family: Legume (Fabaceae)

Hardy to Zones 7 to 11

Herbaceous perennial native to the Mediterranean and to Russia.  True, sweet variety.  Traditional usage (TWM): demulcent, expectorant, flavoring agent, chronic fatigue, adrenal exhaustion, gastric ulcer.   Plant prefers full sun and dry, alkaline soils.  Inoculate soil with rhizobium inoculant for best results.  Once established, the plants shoot up like a young willow thicket, setting erect lilac flowers that give way to the smooth pods.  The part used is the stoloniferous root, which can be harvested after 2 or 3 years of growth.  Plant prefers full sun and dry, alkaline soils.  Scarify the seed and sow in warm, fast-draining soil.  Work up in pots. Thin or transplant seedlings to 2 to 3 feet apart. Can take years to establish a good plot. This is a great crop for people in Arizona, or at elevation in California, or any other place where the weather is clear, high and hot.

Packet contains 20 seeds
1 g contains ~117 seeds
5 g contains ~585 seeds
10 g contains ~1,170 seeds
Open-pollinated, untreated, NO GMO’s

 

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  1. Question

    Sarah Dunford

    What soil mixture is in the above pictures? When starting seeds do they need to be lightly watered every day or every couple of days? Thank you Richo.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for the good questions. I checked the photo and the seeds are germinating in pure coarse sand, which is something I often do with seed of xeric plants. Here’s the thing. If you have a very fast-draining medium, then water daily. If your mix has compost and peat, then water only when surface is dry. I recommend making the “Fast-draining potting soil” for growing on the licorice (after transplanting out of the sand). You can find the techniques and recipes in my book “The Medicinal Herb Grower.” Richo

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