Hyssop 3 x 9cm Organic Herb Plug Plants
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The Hyssop is a rarely used herb these days, but it’s one you should consider adding to your store cupboard. As a member of the mint family, it has notes of the traditional flavour, but with a slight bitterness and floral flavour. This complex flavour makes it an herb that goes really well with sweet flavours. Infuse it into a custard or ice cream to really highlight it’s taste or add it to a glaze for carrots and make this sweet vegetable the highlight of a meal. The hyssop is commonly used in Greek cookery so consider mixing it with feta cheese or other herbs used in Greek cooking like fennel or tarragon. Dried hyssop can develop an unpleasant gritty texture when cooked, so it is always best to use infusion when using this herb. To do this, simply add some dried hyssop leaves into a tea ball and add it to a hot liquid towards the end of cooking.
How to grow Hyssop at home
Plant your hyssop plug plant in a sunny location that has a well-draining soil. You should also make sure that the location is protected from harsh, cold winds. Like most herbs the hyssop is an easy to look after plant that requires very little care once established in the garden. Water the plant when the top few inches of soil have become dry and only do so to keep it moist, but not wet. You should prune your hyssop plants in early spring to encourage bushier growth in the summer.
How do you harvest Hyssop?
The hyssop is a semi-evergreen plant that can be harvested as soon as it begins to produce it’s wonderful purple flowers. Both the leaves and petals are edible, so when you need them simply remove the leaves and flowerheads you need. You can use hyssop both fresh and dried, so if you want to use this herb throughout the year you should dry some of your harvest to ensure a constant supply.
What are plug plants?
Plug plants are very young plants that come ready to go in the ground. They are grown in single units in modular trays and be either seedlings or cuttings. Buying plug plants lets you fill your beds and borders easily, and in a way that is stress-free for your plant since it allows for little root disturbance.
How do you plant a plug plant?
When you first get your plant home, remove any packaging except for the pot. Place the plant in a warm and sunny space for 2-4 hours to let them recover and acclimatise. You should try to plant your plug the same day if you can. To do this, dig a hole in your desired place that is slightly larger than the root ball and soil around it and put the plug inside. Cover with the existing earth and press down lightly. Water well for the first week to help the plant establish itself and feed with an all-purpose feed after 3 weeks.
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