How to grow licorice: where it grows and how it is grown licorice. Instructions to cultivation of licorice and info on plant.
Instructions, step by step, on how to grow licorice in pots or in the garden.
Who loves the medicinal plants can add another to the list: the licorice. Licorice is considered a very special plant due to its remarkable healing properties, which make it one of the most consumed herbs in the world. Licorice is famous until ancient times, it is estimated that its use was widespread more than 5,000 years ago.
The properties of licorice
The most important active ingredient in licorice is glycyrrhizin which gives it an anti-inflammatory and antiviral action. For its properties, licorice has been elected "plant of the year" several times. There licorice it would seem to be effective against cough, sore throat, catarrh, cervical and gastric acidity, it also exerts a mild laxative function.
Those suffering from low blood pressure may benefit from licorice as it increases blood pressure, but for the same reason it should be consumed sparingly.
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Identified with the botanical name ofGlycyrrhiza glabra, it's about a perennial plant which can reach a height of just over one meter.
The species Glycyrrhiza glabrait is native to southwestern Asia and the Mediterranean region.Where does it grow?Mainly on calcareous and / or clayey soils. Thereplanthas captured the attention of the general public thanks to its large rhizome (root) from which thestolons, up to two meters long!
The roots of three to four year old plants are used for licorice, harvested during the autumn season and dried.
From the roots of Glycyrrhiza glabra different extracts can be obtained. Therelicoriceit is famous for its many properties and is appreciated in the kitchen for the preparation of sweets or liqueurs (for more information, please refer to the recipe for licorice liqueur).
Therewild licoriceorfalse licoriceit has nothing to do with thefood licorice. Wild licorice, botanical name “Astragalus glycyphyllos”, is a small herbaceous shrub with a creeping habit, belonging to the Fabaceae family. Theroots of wild licoricethey are collated and very sugary, they can be dried and used to make tea.
How to grow licorice
It's possible cultivate the licorice plantin pots or in the garden.
Given its origins, thelicoriceit grows well in Southern Italy but can also adapt to the North, where winters are less forgiving. The speciesGlycyrrhiza glabrait's aplantvery rustic, so it resists frost well.
When to grow licorice
Licorice sowing can take place between February and March. Just place the seeds on the already moist substrate and cover them with a layer of soft soil. Before harvesting the stolons (licorice roots), however, you will need to have the patience to wait three to four years.
For thesowingyou can useseeds of Glycyrrhiza glabrapurchased in the nursery or using the online purchase. On Amazon, "to this address“, You will find different proposals for sachets of licorice seeds.
When to harvest licorice
The collection of licorice roots can take place from September until late November but only from the third year of life of the plant, when the roots are sufficiently developed and rich in those active ingredients that make them so "special". After harvesting, the licorice roots can be stored for a long time after drying.
Transplanting the licorice plant
Who does not want to start growing licorice from seed you can directly buy the seedlings ready for planting, which are more difficult to find but which will certainly shorten the waiting time.
We advise you to pay close attention when buying: make sure you buy a licorice plant for food and not just for ornamental use. Some species of licorice, in fact, are cultivated only for ornamental purposes.
Choose organic seedlings and for healthy root system development, we recommend growing licorice in the garden or in very large pots. Remember that the licorice it can develop stolons up to 2 meters long, therefore the cultivation in pot is to be dedicated exclusively to ornamental licorice plant.
If you really can't do without it, in order to allow a development of the roots, we recommend the use of a jar from a depth of at least 60 cm.