Growing Sweet Cicely Herbs
Sweet Cicely herbs are attractive plants that are striking component of herb gardens and hedgerows. Sweet Cicely herbs most commonly refers to Myrrhis odorata, herbs that are native to several countries in Europe. Sweet cicely grows in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 7. The herbs perform best in sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil. An inch or two of compost or well-rotted manure gets sweet cicely off to a good start. Plant sweet cicely seeds directly in the garden in autumn, as the seeds germinate in spring after several weeks of cold winter weather followed by warm temperatures. While it’s possible to plant seeds in spring, the seeds must first undergo a period of chilling in the refrigerator (a process known as stratification) before they will germinate. You can also divide mature plants in spring or autumn.
Sweet cicely care is definitely not involved. Just water as needed to keep the soil moist, as sweet cicely generally needs about an inch of water per week. Fertilize regularly. Use an organic fertilizer if you plan to use the herbs in the kitchen. Otherwise, any general-purpose plant fertilizer is fine.