X-treme Herbs


X-treme Herbs

Okay, maybe they’re not really extreme. But I’m in a crunch here and was stymied on what to use for my ‘X’ day on the A to Z blog challenge. Not finding an herb that went with X, we’re going with this. While maybe not extreme, Urban Organic Gardener had this to say about five herbs that are difficult to grow from seed.

I’ve only tried two of these five from seed. Yep, nada was my results. Not a single sprig sprouted. I tried lavender and white sage. Rosemary, flavored mints and bay leaf I’ve always bought as small pots. And now, as I get older and lazier busier, I’ll stick with that method when I need to expand or replace in my herb garden.

Here’s what Urban Organic Gardener says:

The herbs that experts say you shouldn’t start from seed

Bay Leaf
“Bay is extremely difficult to germinate because they must be fresh and viable, and must be stratified and kept moist,” said Briscoe White, the owner of an herb company. “That’s one of the reasons bays are in such high demand- they’re hard to find because they’re hard to germinate, have a low germination rate and grow extremely slowly.”

“Lavender can be a little tricky because they’re both very slow growing from seed, which can lead to problems with disease or fungus, since the young plants are so susceptible,” said the White. “Lavender also is very finicky with moisture and because of its slow growth can be difficult to keep healthy.”

Flavored Mints
“Many kinds of flavored mints, like chocolate mint or orange mint, can’t be started from seed, only from cuttings,” said Fern from Life on the Balcony. “This is because they’re hybrid varieties that don’t come true to form when grown from seed.”

Rosemary is much like lavender and, “It can be frustrating to grow from seed because there are so many varieties,” said the White. “To ensure that you get a true variety, you’re best to take a cutting and propagate from that, rather than seed.”

“Rosemary is so much easier to start from a cutting or from a plant bought at the nursery,” added Fern.

White Sage
“White Sage is also difficult to germinate as it has a 10-15% germination rate and on top of that, just takes a lot of time to get growing,” said the owner. “The viability is so low, that we end up placing 10-12 seeds per cell to try to get enough plants to sprout.”


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