Growing Skullcap Plants In The Garden
Skullcap plants are herbs that grows uncultivated in the marshy lands of Canada as well as in the northern and eastern parts of the United States. These plants are also found in other parts of the globe, including south-east Asia. Skullcap plants has double-colored flowers that are blue and light purple. Skullcap planting instructions include stratifying seeds for at least a week before sowing. To stratify the skullcap herb plants seeds, place them in a sealed plastic bag with moistened vermiculite, sand or even a moist paper towel and refrigerate them. Use three times the amount of vermiculite vs. seeds and only slightly moisten, as excessive moisture may cause the seeds to mold. Sow skullcap plant seeds indoors where they will germinate in around two weeks time. Then transplant the growing skullcap herb seedlings outdoors after the danger of frost has passed, spacing them 12 inches apart in rows.
Growing skullcap herbs may also be propagated via division of roots or cuttings and will then spread and clump. The resulting skullcap herb plants are resistant to most major pests. Responding well to irrigation and fertilization when situated in drier climates, growing skullcap is a hardy, herbaceous perennial herb when grown in such conditions and attains a height of 1 to 3 feet tall. Once the skullcap herb plant is in bloom, harvest the aerial parts 3 inches above the ground for use as a strong tea, tincture or liniment. As with most herbs, the skullcap herb plant may be used fresh or dried.