Surface to barely cover
Sow indoors in pots 8-10 weeks before last frost. Cover lightly with vermiculite and keep at 65-70F for 2-4 weeks then refrigerate for 4 weeks and bring back into heat.
Sow direct in late fall or earliest spring. Winter sowing in flats kept moist and in the shade until sprouting in spring, is another method.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
An age-old classic kitchen garden herb, edible sweet cicely has famously fragrant flowers, leaves, stems, roots, and seeds–all possess a sweet licorice aroma and flavor. The frothy clusters of flowers bloom in spring, making them a valuable early nectar and pollen source for beneficial insects and bees. The dark green ferny foliage looks lovely along woodland edges and underplanting shrubs—deadhead after bloom or before seeds fall to curtail its exuberant self-sowing.
Keep evenly moist, but avoid saturated soils.
Slightly acidic to neutral
Mix in a couple of inches of compost prior to planting.