Lovage (Levisticum officinale)





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glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Seeding: from end of March to end of April
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Division: no division (The roots of the 2 to 3 year old plant.)
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Planting: If started early: 6 weeks after early start, if bought: May
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Distance: 100 cm x 60.0 cm
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Height: 100 – 200 cm
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Harvest: Year 1: no harvest, year 2: from May to mid October
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Habitat: sunny, partial shade
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Perennial. Grows to a height of about 2 m. Restricts the growth of adjacent plants. A single lovage plant in the garden is enough to cover the entire family's need for this herb.
Require an average level of nutrients
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Lovage grows to a height of about 2 m. It restricts the growth of adjacent plants, but gets on well with lilies.


It likes a sunny to partially shaded position as a single, standing bush. It needs loose, moist, deep loamy soil which is rich in humus.


Propagate lovage by division in late autumn or in spring. Each part must have a shoot tip.




Plants that are well suited for next year cultivation:

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The following plants should not be planted in the following years:

How many years: Not to plant:
4 year(s) Lovage
3 year(s) Annual herbs, Carrots, Celery, Fennel, Parsley, Parsnips, Perennial umbellifer herbs
2 year(s) Radish


Lovage is winter-hardy.


Fertilise a lot with compost and organic fertilisers.
Mulch. Ensure that the soil is well drained.


Lovage has good resistance to diseases and pests.


In the first year only harvest a little of the herb, and the root at the earliest in the 2nd year.
Harvest the leaves during the summer and autumn, and the roots in early autumn (in central Europe in September).
A single lovage plant in the garden is enough to cover the entire family's need for this herb.


Young leaves are suitable for freezing.
The leaves and roots can be dried.


Lovage can be used fresh or dried.
Dried lovage fruit help with digestive problems and flatulence as well as being used as a spice.


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