I'm thrilled to offer these free anise hyssop seeds to folks who are willing to commit to planting them. Pollinators adore Anise Hyssop which is forms a beautiful perennial flower. It is native to North America and is very easy to care for once it gets established. If you are interested please send me a message and I'm happy to send you a packet of seeds these seeds I saved complete with planting instructions.
I can also include some lemon balm seeds with planting instructions in the envelope. Lemon balm is another great bee plant that is easy to care for once it gets established, has a lovely scent, and makes a nice tea.
I should have honeylocust seeds this fall as well. I will post a message when I have them available if people are interested. I sent out between 4 and 5,000 last year, hopefully I will have as many again.
By the way about growing anise hyssop from seed: I got a packet from somewhere like Johnny's a few years ago. The seeds are tiny, almost dustlike, and in my desert climate I had a lot of trouble getting them started without them just getting roasted off by the sun. Once I finally got some started with some careful shading and unshading, they have grown, stayed perennial in some places, and self-seeded successfully. The leaves make a nice herbal tea, and in particular when soaked in boiling hot water and left to cool, makes a very sweet and delicious iced tea.
About lemon balm by seed, I had a packet of seeds and never got even one germination, but when I got a chunk of root from a friend, it did fine. I had it in a container for a year or two and it never really thrived there, but once I got it in the ground (in my greenhouse) it has really grown, and this year for the first time flowered. It's mainly known as a tea herb, but I've been chopping it fine and mixing into salads, thinking it might make little bursts of lemon-scent in the salad.
Although they are both in the mint family, and lemon balm looks a lot like mint, they supposedly don't spread by runners, but I've seen mentioned that they can self-seed and go weedy. I haven't found that to be a problem (yet).
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posted 10 months ago
Thank you for your notes! regarding lemon balm seed viability, as I understand it they need something like two weeks of cold stratification in order to germinate. That said, I've planted lemon balm seeds indoors and gotten good results, but only after sprinkling something like 150 seeds in a windrow and only having four germinate.
As for either of the plants making themselves a nuisance, I've found that both anise hyssop and lemon balm grow very slowly from seed, and struggle to outcompete grass. Once established, though, they are mighty!
What a generous post thread! If there are any left, I would love to have some of whatever y’all have going, for planting next spring? I’m just getting started here with a garden, so I can’t promise they’ll live. But I’ll sure try my best!
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