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🌻 Plant Care Guide For Alexanders Black Lovage

Alexanders Black Lovage

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Botanical Name: Smyrnium Olusatrum

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Alexanders Black Lovage

Botanical Name: Smyrnium Olusatrum

Medium Water

Medium Light

Pet Safe

🌱   Beginner

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📚 Alexanders Black Lovage Care Guide

Alexanders Black Lovage is a large, prolific herb that measures 3 to 4 feet tall, with very large leaves, doubly and triply divided into three (ternate) with wide leaflets. The footstalks' sheaths are very wide and absorbent.
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💧️ Water - Medium Water
Moderate Water Needs
Alexanders Black Lovage requires a moderate amount of water. You will want to allow the top few inches of soil dry in between waterings. As a general rule of thumb, depending on where you have planted and how much light your Alexanders Black Lovage receives, you may need to water once a week.

Growing Indoors
If you are growing indoors or in a container, you can always check the moisture of the soil by using your thum or finger. Stick it in the soil -- if it is dry, then you will likely want to water your Alexanders Black Lovage.

Pot selection is also important to keep your Alexanders Black Lovage from getting too wet. It is important to select a pot with plenty of drainage holes as this will allow excess water to train out of the pot rather than to just sit on the bottom. Drainage holes also allow air to get into the soil from the bottom of the pot. Using a terracotta pot or another type of pot made of a permeable material can also help keepAlexanders Black Lovage from getting too wet. Terracotta and other similar materials allow water to wick away from the soil faster than they would in a plastic pot.

Growing Outdoors
If you are growing Alexanders Black Lovage outdoors, the amount of light your plant is receiving is key to determining how often to water your plant. Plants that require moderate water, generally do best if they can get some respite from the sun during the day as it can dry out the soil fairly quickly. If you have planted in a sunny area, you will likely need to water this plant more often than if it is planted in a shady area. The type of soil you plant in is also important. Sandy and loamy soils tend to dry out much quicker. You can always amend soil with organic material such as peat moss or compost to encourage moisture retention.

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☀️ Light - Medium Light
Moderate Light | Partial Shade

Alexanders Black Lovage can tolerate and grow in moderate light and partially shady areas which means it prefers about 2-4 hours of diffused natural light. Moderate and partial shade plants can tolerate some bright, direct sun, but it's best to give them respite and plant in primarily shady areas of your space.

When plants like Alexanders Black Lovage grow in moderate light or partially shady areas, you will want to avoid exposing them to direct sunlight unless direct sun is specified as a light need for the plant. In which case it can tolerate a wide range of low light to direct sun conditions and is very forgiving!

If growing outdoors, you will want to plant Alexanders Black Lovage in a primarily partially shady area that may receive some morning sun (East side).Alexanders Black Lovage is a great option for shade gardens or underneath trees or near fence lines that provide cover from bright sunlight.

If growing indoors, you can grow this type of plant in a lot of different areas of your house. The only thing to keep in mind is that you'll want to avoid direct sunlight (unless specified) for Alexanders Black Lovage. This means if you are growing near a South-facing window, make sure to place it a few feet away from the window. South-facing windows receive the most amount of bright, indirect and direct light a day. Eastern-facing windows receive light in the morning and afternoon shade, while West-facing windows receive sun in the afternoon. North-facing windows receive the least amount of light and would be great candidates for where to place you Alexanders Black Lovage.
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🐶️ Pet Toxicity - Pet Safe
Safe For Pets

Alexanders Black Lovage is safe for your pet friends! A great option for those with cats, dogs, and other pets.
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🌎 Hardiness Zone
Hardiness zones (or Grow Zones) are areas where Alexanders Black Lovage is able to grow outdoors year round.
If you are located outside of the specified grow zones, you will need to bring your plant indoors during cooler months if you are growing outside. We recommend growing in a container or indoors.


Zone 3A
-40 to -35 F
Zone 3B
-35 to -30 F
Zone 4A
-30 to -25 F
Zone 4B
-25 to -20 F
Zone 5A
-20 to -15 F
Zone 6A
-10 to -05 F
Zone 5B
-15 to -10 F
Zone 6B
-05 to 0 F
Zone 7A
0 to 5 F
Zone 7B
5 to 10 F
Zone 8A
10 to 15 F
Zone 8B
15 to 20 F
Zone 9A
20 to 25 F
Zone 9B
25 to 30 F
Zone 3A
Zone 3 has very cold temperatures opposed to other zones making it more challenging to garden outdoors. Unfortunately, this zone has one of the shorter growing seasons spanning from late Spring to early Fall. You will likely need to sow seeds and grow seedlings indoors. You can also consider gettinga greenhouse to grow food year round.
First Frost:
First frost for Zone 3B is typically mid-September, but can extend into the first week of October.

Last Frost:
Last frost for Zone 3B is typically mid-May, but can extend into first week of June.
States Included In This Zone:
Alaska
Maine
Colorado
Idaho
Minnesota
Montana
New Hampshire
New York
North Dakota
South Dakota
Vermont
Wisconsin
Wyoming
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