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Licorice thrives in moist, loamy soil with full sun. A member of the Fabaceae family, this sweetly flavored legume has an anise-like flavor and aroma. The root is harvested and dried in its second or third year and used in a variety of culinary and herbal applications. Licorice is popular globally and used for flavoring everything from teas, candies, and liquors, to other culinary creations. Licorice is easy to grow from seed. In early spring, soak seeds for 24 hours, then plant half an inch deep in prepared soil. Germination should occur within a couple of weeks and young seedlings should be spaced at least two feet apart.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) - Licorice is a tall, shrub-like perennial that readily establishes from herb seeds. It is attractive growing in the herb garden with lavender-blue flowers in the summer and early fall. The Licorice herb plant is a legume and is native to Southern Europe and parts of Asia. It is the Licorice root that is harvested for both culinary and medicinal use. It is not related to anise, star anise, or fennel, which all have a similar taste. It is also commonly called Spanish Licorice. What is Special About Licorice Licorice, or sometimes spelled Liquorice, grows best in sub-tropical climates, in rich, well-drained soils, and in full sun. Once the plant is three years of age, the roots are harvested in the autumn. Commercially, Licorice root is used to make candy, liquor, as a sweetening in teas and to make extracts. The extracts are used to flavor soft drinks, tobacco, and pharmaceutical products. More About the Licorice Plant The Licorice plant grows fuzzy, silvery green leaves and can grow up to five feet tall. It easily self-seeds and can also be propagated by divisions or cuttings. Sweetening Up Your Garden The Licorice plant is a member of the Fabaceae family. It is a sweetly flavored legume and has an anise-like flavor and aroma. Read more Plant Specifications The Licorice plant grows to 48 inches tall. It is a Perennnial plant and thrives best in the full sun. Once the plant is three years of age, the roots are harvested in the autumn Height: 48 inches USDA Zones: 7 - 10 Environment: Full sun Licorice Seeds How to Grow How To Grow Licorice From Herb Seeds: Start the Licorice seeds in the early spring indoors. It is recommended to soak the seed in tepid water for 24 hours before sowing. Keep the herb seeds moist but not soggy until germination occurs. Transplant the Licorice herb plants outdoors after danger of frost has passed. Space the plants 24 - 36 inches apart in the herb garden. Sowing Rate: 1 - 2 seeds per plant Depth: 1/4 inch Average Germ Time: 21 - 60 days Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination Read more Licorice Extracts Make Good Flavorings History of the Licorice Seed The Liquorice is a plant with a rich historical tradition. The use of liquorice dates to ancient times as the liquorice roots were found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen (1358 BC). Liquorice has been grown in England since the Dark Ages and records from the early 16th century show liquorice being grown in fields around Pontefract in Yorkshire. The plant was brought from the Mediterranean by Dominican monks who settled in the area around Pontefract Castle. The plants didn't flower in the cold climate, but what really mattered were the roots which are used up until modern day for flavor extracts.
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 (Source: strictlymedicinalseeds.com)