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Valerian Herb Seeds

Valerian Herb Seeds

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Valerian Herb Seeds (Valeriana officinalis) Perennial, Non GMO, Open Pollinated

Minimum 25 seeds per package.

Valerian is an herb that’s been used in traditional medicine for centuries and is still known for its calming effects even today. It’s very easy to grow from seeds, earning it a place in plenty of medicinal and ornamental gardens. It’s very cold tolerant and thrives in USDA zones 4 through 9.  A valerian herb plant will die back to the ground in the winter, but the roots should be fine and will put up new growth in the spring.

The plants grow to between approximately 3 and 5 feet in height and produce white, faintly scented flowers. The roots are used for medicinal properties. Harvest the roots in the fall by watering the plant, then digging the whole plant up. Wash the soil from the roots, then dry them in the oven at 200 degrees with the door open a crack. The roots may take two growing seasons to be large enough to harvest.

It is a hardy perennial with a history of use dating back to the 16th century. It is very ornamental with fern-like foliage and pink flower heads that attract butterflies. Valerian plants are an attractive addition to the herb garden, and cats love the herb, too. Sometimes, the plants need some protection from cats who might do damage.

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 4 - 9

Height: 20 - 40 inches

Bloom Season: Mid summer

Bloom Color: Pink

Environment: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Type: Rich, moist, well-drained soil

Deer Resistant: Yes

Temperature: plant seeds with outside temps around 65F - 75F

Average Germ Time: 7 - 21 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: 1/8th inch, barely cover seed with soil

Moisture: Keep soil lightly moist until germination

Plant Spacing: approximately18 - 36 inches

Plant Valerian seeds directly outdoors in the spring. Lightly cover the herb seeds with soil and keep moist. The Valerian seedlings are fairly frost tolerant. Start with a prepared seed bed that is weed free and has organic matter worked in. The location should be in full sun to partial shade. Valerian herb plants prefer moist conditions, so provide the equivalent of 1 to 2 inches of rainfall each week.

The plant will need nitrogen throughout the growing season. If you are growing Valerian herb plants for the root, cut the flower stalks when they appear. This will direct energy to the roots. Wait until the second year to harvest and dry the roots. Valerian will self-sow. Cut the spent flower heads to prevent re-seeding.

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