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Organic Blue Hyssop

Organic Blue Hyssop

Substitute for Lavender in Colder Climates

Blue Hyssop, a fragrant herb with traditional uses, enhances gardens with its deep green foliage and dark-blue flower spikes, thriving in mid-summer. Grown in various regions for its fragrant leaves and stunning blue flowers, this plant is distinguished by its slender stems and small lance-shaped leaves. Drawing in bees and butterflies, this herb serves as an alternative to lavender in colder regions, growing to a height of 18-24 inches. Cut back in early to mid-spring for optimal health. 

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots 

Growing Conditions

Blue hyssop thrives in well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. It prefers sandy or loamy soil but can tolerate a variety of soil types. Choose a planting location that receives full sun, although blue hyssop can tolerate partial shade, especially in hotter climates.

Ensure good air circulation around the plants to prevent fungal diseases and promote healthy growth.

Planting

Transplant starts outdoors after the danger of frost has passed, spacing them 12 to 18 inches apart to allow for adequate airflow. Plant them at the same depth as they were in their nursery pots and water thoroughly after planting.

Care and Maintenance

Blue hyssop is relatively low-maintenance once established. Water the plants during dry spells, but avoid overwatering, as the herb is drought-tolerant once established. Mulch around the base of the plants to help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Prune blue hyssop regularly to encourage bushy growth and remove spent flowers to promote continuous blooming. Fertilize sparingly with a balanced fertilizer in early spring to provide nutrients for healthy growth.

Harvesting and Uses

Blue hyssop leaves and flowers can be harvested throughout the growing season. To harvest, simply snip off the desired amount of leaves or flowers using clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears. The leaves and flowers can be used fresh or dried for culinary purposes, such as flavoring teas, soups, stews, and salads. Blue hyssop also has medicinal properties and can be used to make herbal remedies for respiratory and digestive issues.

Pests and Diseases

Blue hyssop is generally resistant to pests and diseases, but it may occasionally be affected by aphids, spider mites, or powdery mildew. Keep an eye out for signs of pest infestation or disease and treat them promptly with organic remedies or insecticidal soap if necessary. Maintaining good garden hygiene, such as removing dead or diseased plant material, can help prevent pest and disease problems. 

Growing blue hyssop is a satisfying endeavor that can add beauty, fragrance, and functionality to your garden. With proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of this versatile herb and reap its many culinary and medicinal benefits throughout the growing season. Whether you're using it to flavor your favorite dishes or create herbal remedies, blue hyssop is sure to become a cherished addition to your garden.

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Description

Blue Hyssop, a fragrant herb with traditional uses, enhances gardens with its deep green foliage and dark-blue flower spikes, thriving in mid-summer. Grown in various regions for its fragrant leaves and stunning blue flowers, this plant is distinguished by its slender stems and small lance-shaped leaves. Drawing in bees and butterflies, this herb serves as an alternative to lavender in colder regions, growing to a height of 18-24 inches. Cut back in early to mid-spring for optimal health. 

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots 

Growing Conditions

Blue hyssop thrives in well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. It prefers sandy or loamy soil but can tolerate a variety of soil types. Choose a planting location that receives full sun, although blue hyssop can tolerate partial shade, especially in hotter climates.

Ensure good air circulation around the plants to prevent fungal diseases and promote healthy growth.

Planting

Transplant starts outdoors after the danger of frost has passed, spacing them 12 to 18 inches apart to allow for adequate airflow. Plant them at the same depth as they were in their nursery pots and water thoroughly after planting.

Care and Maintenance

Blue hyssop is relatively low-maintenance once established. Water the plants during dry spells, but avoid overwatering, as the herb is drought-tolerant once established. Mulch around the base of the plants to help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Prune blue hyssop regularly to encourage bushy growth and remove spent flowers to promote continuous blooming. Fertilize sparingly with a balanced fertilizer in early spring to provide nutrients for healthy growth.

Harvesting and Uses

Blue hyssop leaves and flowers can be harvested throughout the growing season. To harvest, simply snip off the desired amount of leaves or flowers using clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears. The leaves and flowers can be used fresh or dried for culinary purposes, such as flavoring teas, soups, stews, and salads. Blue hyssop also has medicinal properties and can be used to make herbal remedies for respiratory and digestive issues.

Pests and Diseases

Blue hyssop is generally resistant to pests and diseases, but it may occasionally be affected by aphids, spider mites, or powdery mildew. Keep an eye out for signs of pest infestation or disease and treat them promptly with organic remedies or insecticidal soap if necessary. Maintaining good garden hygiene, such as removing dead or diseased plant material, can help prevent pest and disease problems. 

Growing blue hyssop is a satisfying endeavor that can add beauty, fragrance, and functionality to your garden. With proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of this versatile herb and reap its many culinary and medicinal benefits throughout the growing season. Whether you're using it to flavor your favorite dishes or create herbal remedies, blue hyssop is sure to become a cherished addition to your garden.

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Cannot ship to the following states: AK, HI, PR, VI, GU

Shipping Weight: 0.5 lb

Dimensions: 6.0"L x 2.75"W x 2.75"H

Features

  • Attracts Bees/Butterflies
  • Container Compatible
  • Does Not Require Support
  • Fragrant
  • Good for Drying
  • Open-Pollinated
  • Plant Spreads
  • Requires Summer Water
  • Somewhat Drought Tolerant

Characteristics

Organic Status: Certified Organic Product
USDA Growing Zone: 4 - 9
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Summer
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Summer
Growth Habit : Bush
Life Cycle : Perennial
Plant Usage : Attracts Bees/Butterflies
Plant Usage : Medicinal Plant
Planting Time : Spring
Soil pH : 6.0 - 7.0
Sun Requirements : Full Sun
Useful Plant Part : Leaves

Planting & Care

Soil & Water: Plant prefers full sun to part shade and regular watering in regular garden soil. 

Planting & Growing: Plant starts in late spring or early summer, once the soil has warmed up to at least 60°F (21°C).  Space plants 2 feet apart.  Potted environments don't appear to be favorable for their growth. 

Harvesting & Storage: Harvest seeds when they can be rubbed from the umbel, then shade dry, stirring frequently. 120 days to seed.

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Guarantee

We guarantee the perishable items we sell to be in good, viable condition when we sell them. Perishable items include, but are not limited to, garlic bulbs, flower bulbs, seed potatoes, onion sets & transplants, potted or bare root trees, vegetable crowns, etc. If your perishable item arrives in substandard condition, take photographs and please contact us within 3 days of the purchase date (or delivery date) and we will provide you with a refund of the purchase price (excluding shipping costs), or a replacement. Accordingly, we urge you to open any boxes marked as ""Perishable"" immediately upon receiving them and inspect the shipment thoroughly (do not crack open heads of garlic, we do not accept claims on cracked garlic). Because some perishable items can deteriorate very quickly, we cannot accept any claims beyond the 3-day time frame as it becomes too difficult to determine if these items were delivered in substandard condition, or if they turned into such substandard condition because of having been improperly cared for or stored once delivered.

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