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Liquorice

Post: # 291605Post ina
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:46 am

Has anybody ever grown liquorice? I've been given a plant - well, a seedling, really - and would love to grow it on, but I'm not sure where to put it in a small garden... And whether it would do anything at all in a container.
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Re: Liquorice

Post: # 291606Post Green Aura
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:04 am

It's apparently a sub-tropical plant, ina, so I'm guessing it'll be a houseplant where you live.

You can grow it in a pot, which will restrict its growth but that's maybe not a bad thing as its roots can get to 10m deep in the ground!

It likes a sunny spot, free draining compost/loam/sand mix and to be kept well-watered in the growing season. It grows best in a 15-30C temperature window and can't tolerate frosts. You can harvest roots after two years.

Easy, in NE Scotland. :lol:

It looks quite pretty though, so good luck with it and don't eat too much. It's really good for you in lots of ways but can play havoc with blood pressure.
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Re: Liquorice

Post: # 291608Post Odsox
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:26 am

I've often thought I'd like to grow liquorice, but have yet to actually do so.
It should be OK in your garden, after all it was once grown commercially in Yorkshire (Pontefract) and so obviously can survive frosts and wet weather.
Now you've got me thinking about growing some again :lol:
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Re: Liquorice

Post: # 291609Post MKG
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:08 pm

Here you go, Ina ...
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/g ... rdens.html

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Re: Liquorice

Post: # 291619Post ina
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:16 am

Thanks for all your replies. Well - doesn't sound like the ideal plant for my garden... But I do love liquorice - and not the allsorts kind, which is very little liquorice and lots of sugar and other nasties - and it does look nice, so maybe I'll put it in a large pot for starters, and then think again next year!
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Re: Liquorice

Post: # 291621Post Brewtrog
Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:43 pm

I've been growing it for 6 years now, harvested it once. It grows very happily in my herb garden, perhaps a little too happily, I've had to pull up shoots of it a few times. I don't give it any special treatment, just leave it to it and cut back any dead growth. Looking forward to harvesting it again this year, although I have a feeling it's going to be fun avoiding the rest of the plants while I dig it up.

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Re: Liquorice

Post: # 291624Post diggernotdreamer
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:45 pm

Yuk

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Re: Liquorice

Post: # 291626Post Green Aura
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:47 pm

diggernotdreamer wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:45 pm
Yuk
Yup, pretty much on a par with brussel sprouts in my book.
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Re: Liquorice

Post: # 291642Post Odsox
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:03 pm

Green Aura wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:47 pm
diggernotdreamer wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:45 pm
Yuk
Yup, pretty much on a par with brussel sprouts in my book.
There are some weird people about. :scratch: :lol:
I love both and actually look forward to the first Brussels sprouts every year.
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Re: Liquorice

Post: # 291643Post Green Aura
Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:42 pm

I like Bertie Bassett's, I think. It's probably 20 years since I last had any. :lol:
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Re: Liquorice

Post: # 291646Post ina
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:03 pm

Odsox wrote:
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:03 pm
Green Aura wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:47 pm
diggernotdreamer wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:45 pm
Yuk
Yup, pretty much on a par with brussel sprouts in my book.
There are some weird people about. :scratch: :lol:
I love both and actually look forward to the first Brussels sprouts every year.
So do I! :mrgreen:
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Re: Liquorice

Post: # 291651Post MKG
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:57 am

I wonder what Brussels cooked in liquorice juice taste like. Mmmmmm - scrummy!!!!! :pukeright:
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Re: Liquorice

Post: # 291653Post ina
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:12 am

MKG wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:57 am
I wonder what Brussels cooked in liquorice juice taste like. Mmmmmm - scrummy!!!!! :pukeright:
Er, no, thanks. Definitely separately.

And I love salty liquorice, which is almost impossible to get here... Sigh. One of those things friends bring back from Germany for me.

It's also really good if you have a sore throat!
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Re: Liquorice

Post: # 291659Post Green Aura
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:53 am

A friend of mine, also German, dissolves this salt licorice you speak of in vodka and serves it up at her New Year party. Foul and lethal, in equal measure, in one shot glass.
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Re: Liquorice

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Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:01 pm

Green Aura wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:53 am
A friend of mine, also German, dissolves this salt licorice you speak of in vodka and serves it up at her New Year party. Foul and lethal, in equal measure, in one shot glass.
No thanks. Well, I don't like vodka... :wink:
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