The quick and convenient guide to growing your very own wild licorice!
American Licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota) is a species of Glycyrrhiza native to most of North America, from central Canada south through the United States to California, Texas and Virginia, but absent from the southeastern states. It is also sometimes known in the United States as "wild licorice", to distinguish it from the related European Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) which is occasionally cultivated. The plant grows in moist soils; although it will grow in heavy soil it prefers sandy soil. It grows to 40-100 centimeter (16-40 inches) tall, and has long tough brown roots which are said to be sweet and were used as food and for medicinal purposes by Native Americans.
Growing Your Wild Licorice Seeds From Seed In 3 Simple Steps
# 1 | Before planting, pour 180 degrees F water over the seed and let it soak overnight.
# 2 | In late fall or early spring, direct sow the treated seed 1/4" deep. To start the seed indoors, sow seeds in a flat or individual peat pots 6-8 weeks before the last frost
#3 | keep the soil lightly moist and at a temperature of 70 degrees F until germination, which usually occurs within two weeks.