Growing Lovage from seed is the most common method. It likes rich, moist soil that is well draining. It is advisable to prepare the soil by digging in organic matter a month beforehand. It is happy with full sunlight or partial shade.
Sow seed when the soil temperature is around 15°C (60°F). Autumn is the ideal season. The final spacing of seedlings should be 60cm apart, so thinning is required. It may be necessary to start seed in seed trays to aid germination if you plan to plant outside of autumn.
It can take up to 5 years for Lovage to reach its full size. It is frost resistant and does not need much attention.
Growing Lovage In Containers
It is possible to grow lovage in containers, provided that the containers are outside. Remember that it will grow to quite a height, even in a container, so provide enough room.
Harvest lovage before flowering or the leaves will taste bitter. It is best to freeze the leaves as they do not dry well. The easiest way to do this is to chop them, put them in ice cube trays, cover gently with water and freeze.
Threats to Lovage
Bugs will undoubtedly get to lovage. Keep an eye out and use an insecticide if required.