This set features some of our tastiest, easy-to-grow favorites for making your own tea blends in the comfort of your own home. Each Tasty Tea Herb Seed Collection contains one packet each of:
Anise (Pimpinella anisum) Featuring a distinct sweet, licorice-like flavor, this annual is native to the Mediterranean, Asia Minor, and Egypt. Sow the seed directly into a prepared seedbed in the fall, winter, or very early spring.
Lavender Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) This beautiful herbaceous perennial is native to the western United States and will add a delightful floral character to your tea blends. Sow the seed in spring by sprinkling seed in pots or on surface of a prepared seedbed, working in shallowly with fingers, and tamping well. Keep evenly moist until germination, which takes from one to three weeks.
German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) The delicious and aromatic chamomile of tea fame, this annual is hardy to all zones. This plant prefers full sun and regular garden soil, with a cooler soil for germination. Sow on surface in early spring and press in hard.
Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) The fleshy calyces of this plant make a bright red, tart infusion. This tropical perennial is grown as an annual in temperate climates. The plant prefers full sun and fertile, fast-draining soils. The seeds must be scarified before planting, and are best started early in the greenhouse and transplanted out after last frost.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) This treasured herb will imbibe your brew with a classic lemon flavor. This herbaceous perennial is a light-dependent germinator. Sow outdoors in fall or very early spring or provide two weeks of cold conditioning. Germination will occur in 10-40 days. The plant prefers full sun or shade, normal garden soil, and minimal water.
Nettles (Urtica dioica) A heavy-hitter in the world of Western herbalism, this herb will and a deep and satisfying flavor to your brew. The plant prefers moist soil in sun or shade. Sow in fall or very early spring for germination in spring. Sow on the surface, barely cover with a little soil, tamp well and keep evenly moist until germination. Exercise caution when harvesting!
Tulsi Kapoor (Ocimum sanctum) Also known as holy basil, this fruity aromatic helps to hone the higher spirit. Sow by sprinkling seed generously on the surface of potting soil in pots or by seeding directly in the garden. Once the seedlings attain their second set of true leaves, thin or transplant to one foot apart.