48-78 inches tall
root harvest in second fall
A deeply medicinal hardy perennial, Valerian is beloved by people and pollinators alike. Clouds of sweet and etheric creamy pink flowers float atop 4+ foot tall stalks late June through July. Hailing from Eurasia, valerian thrives in most soils and, once established, minimal care. Their potent medicinal roots are harvestable in the second autumn, commonly infused as tea or tinctured. Though the smell of Valerian root is largely considered unpleasant by humxns, cats are equally delighted by freshly dug Valarian root and catnip…and now you know!
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Transplant Only: Sow ~6 weeks before last frost, barely covering with soil (light is needed for germination) and bottom-water to avoid displaced seed. Transfer to larger pot with first true leaves (which won’t look anything like mature valerian, it’s true!). Harden off seedlings (reduce water & temp 3-7 days) & transplant after frost 1’ apart. Weed & water well; mulch to reduce weed & watering pressure.
Sowing Date: Indoors before last frost
Seed Depth: barely cover
Days to Germination: 10-14 days at 65-72°F
Days to Maturity: 60-70 days to flower, second fall for root harvest
Plant spacing after thinning: 12 inches
Height: 48-78 inches
We sow in soil blocks, as more wild plants prefer, about 6 weeks before final frost to transplant out after final frost.
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