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How to Grow Angelica

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Angelica seeds need to be planted when harvested. image by foodistablog/Flickr.com

Overview

Angelica is a plant that once was believed to be sent to man by angels to ward off the plague and other diseases. It is also carried in funeral processions in Germany. Angelica in your garden attracts wasps and other beneficial insects. The plant can be used medicinally or as a kitchen herb. Once you start growing angelica in your garden, it will propagate itself the next year. Planting this herb from seed isn't difficult, but timing is important.

Step 1

Harvest seeds from your angelica plants a few weeks after they ripen.

Step 2

Decide if you will sow your seeds right away or wait until spring. They must be sown immediately or kept frozen until you are ready to plant them. Otherwise, they will loose their ability to germinate.

Step 3

Pick an area with full sun to partial shade. The soil should be moist and slightly acidic.

Step 4

Press the seeds 1/4-inch into the ground, and space the each seed about a foot apart. Cover the seed with soil.

Step 5

Water the plot immediately after sowing the seeds. Keep the soil moist each day.

Step 6

Fertilize the soil with a general purpose fertilizer.

Step 7

Remove flowers before they bloom to lengthen the life of the plant.

Step 8

In the fall, cut stems to the base to encourage a longer growing cycle. Plants should self sow the next year.

Step 9

Dig up 2-year-old roots, and slice and dry them in a sunny location for medicinal use. Store angelica root in air-tight containers.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid using angelica during pregnancy. The chemical in furocoumarin in angelica may produce an allergic reaction in some people. Angelica raises the blood sugar level, and may be unsafe for diabetics.

Things You'll Need

  • Angelica seeds
  • General purpose fertilizer
  • Air-tight container

References

  • Growing Herbs
  • How to Grow Herbs
Keywords: angelica, root, herb

About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.

Photo by: foodistablog/Flickr.com