Agastache / Korean Mint Seeds - Agastache Rugosa - Aromatic & Tasty
Agastache, aka Korean Mint, or Agastache Rugosa, is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae. It's a hardy perennial down to zone 7, but can be grown as an annual just about everywhere else. The leaves from this plant have a sweet anise like flavour, and they make an excellent tea or tonic. The tender leaves also taste very good in salads, soups, smoothies, and with poultry and fish. The flowers are a great source of nectar, and attract bees and other pollinators alike. Planting Agastache anywhere near the garden will therefore increase pollination of crops and other plants in the area, and come high summer, you’ll be gifted with a beautiful display of showy purple flowers.
All seeds are organic and open pollinated.
Agastache seeds may be started in pots in the spring, or directly sown into the ground. Seeds need to be stratified in the fridge for 3-6 weeks before sowing for best results, or sown outdoors in late autumn. If sown indoors, it's good to start them in a sterile growing medium; most available seed starting soils should do the job nicely; we use sunshine mix (peat moss and perlite). The soil should be made moist, but not damp. Sow the seeds 1/4 inch below the soil surface. Store in a warm area until tiny sprouts emerge from the soil. A heat mat aids in this step, but is not necessary. Once germinated, and the first true leaf has formed, it's time to pot up to a larger container that contains a good quality potting soil. Transplant to their final location when the nighttime temperatures are consistently 8°C or higher. When sown this early in the season, the plants are able to put out an abundance of flowers in the first year. Once transplanted and established, These plants will live for many years assuming you live in zone 7 or warmer. The plants don’t require very much attention once established other than yearly mulching, a bi-weekly watering, and a clipping back to the ground in the winter. These plants are quite vigorous, and just a few of them can provide you with a full winter supply of highly aromatic and flavourful tea. Agastache is resistant to deer, pests, drought, and flood; It’s a very robust plant.