How to Grow Agrimony

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19-07-2021, 22:00
Agrimony is a plant that's related to roses. The herbs and flowers of agrimony are often used for pain relief, diarrhea, and a handful of other medical conditions. Agrimony is a plant that you can easily grow and maintain in your garden.

Germinating the Seeds Inside

  1. Start germinating the seeds indoors in late winter. Agrimony seeds take 4 to 8 weeks to sprout and have a long growing season before they bloom. Starting in late January or February will make your seeds ready by the time spring begins regardless of your climate.
    • If you live in a climate that experiences cold but does not frost over, you can plant agrimony seeds directly into the soil. However, due to the unreliability of the weather, it is suggested that you start the seeds indoors.
  2. Bury the seeds in a sealable plastic bag with moist soil. Fill the bag ¾ full with regular potting soil. Mix water with the soil until it is evenly moist throughout. Add small amounts of water at a time so the soil does not become muddy or oversaturated. Push at least 5 seeds into the soil.
    • The more seeds you plant, the more chances you'll have with successful germination.
  3. Place the plastic bag in the fridge for 4 to 8 weeks. Agrimony germinates best if the seeds are exposed to the cold for 4 to 8 weeks. Planting the seed without exposure to the cold may cause a smaller and less prosperous plant. Keep the plastic bag in a fridge, checking on the soil moisture every couple of days. If the soil is dried out, add more water.
    • If you notice any sprouted seedlings when you check the bag, remove those seeds and place them in pots.
  4. Transfer the seeds from the bag into a seed tray. After the seeds have been in the cold for 4 to 8 weeks, they are ready to be moved. Fill the tray with all-purpose soil and sprinkle 2 seeds on top of each cell. Cover the seeds with ⁄4 inch (6.4 mm) of soil and moisten it with a spray bottle of water.
    • Water the soil only when it is dry to the touch.
    • If some of the seedlings grow crooked or look less healthy, trim them back to allow the healthy seedlings to grow.
  5. Keep the pots in a sunny location for 3 to 4 weeks. The seeds will germinate in 10-24 days, but keep them in the pots so they can establish roots and grow taller. After the 4 weeks have passed and the seedlings are large enough to be handled, they are ready to be taken outside.
    • Agrimony grows up to 5 ft (1.5 m) tall, so it should be grown outdoors rather than indoors.

Transplanting the Seedlings Outside

  1. Wait until early spring to plant. Once there is no risk of frost in your area, you can transplant the seedlings into your garden. Agrimony takes most of the growing season until it is ready to be harvested, so planting in the early spring will give you enough time for it to bloom.
    • Check with the National Centers for Environmental Information (NOAA) for frost maps and when to expect the last spring freeze.
  2. Find an area that has well-drained soil and gets 6 hours of sun per day. Agrimony grows best when it's in full sun with well-drained soil. You can test the soil by digging a 12 in by 12 in (30 cm by 30 cm) hole and filling it with water. If it drains in 10 minutes, the soil is well-drained.
    • Agrimony can also grow in partial sunlight, an area with 4 to 6 hours of sun.
    • Soil can be made to drain well by adding sand or clay.
  3. Plant the seedlings 12 inches (0.30 m) from one another. Agrimony spreads 12 inches (0.30 m) to 15 inches (0.38 m) so space is needed in between plants so they do not overwhelm each other. Separate the seedlings so they can grow to their full potential.

Caring for Agrimony

  1. Water agrimony when the soil dries out. Since it is a low-maintenance plant, agrimony doesn't need a lot of watering. Only water the plant when the soil is dry to the touch or if it is especially dry during the growing season.
  2. Spray the agrimony with a fungicide to prevent mildew. While agrimony is a hearty plant and will not get infected with many diseases, it is still susceptible to powdery mildew. Powdery mildew looks like flour was sprinkled on the leaves of your plants and can be prevented with a fungicide. Follow the directions on the package to control and prevent this fungal infection.
    • A chemical-free alternative for preventative fungicide is a solution of 1 tsp (5 g) of baking soda and 1 qt (0.94 L) of water. Spray the plants thoroughly with a garden sprayer.
  3. Watch for slug or aphid damage. Slugs and aphids are common garden pests and may eat your agrimony as it is growing. Pest control options are available in stores or online to control and prevent these pests.
    • Aphids attack the leaves and stems of your plants. If the leaves are yellow or misshapen, aphids may be present. Control aphids with a pesticide or by spraying the leaves with a solution of water mixed with a few drops of dish soap.
    • Slugs live near the ground and will eat the leaves of your plants. Look for holes or ragged edges on the leaves. Slugs can be controlled with a store-bought repellent or by mixing equal parts of 70% ethanol alcohol and water.

Harvesting Agrimony

  1. Harvest the agrimony within 90-130 days after planting. Agrimony can be harvested and collected after 3 or 4 months. It does take time for the plant to come into full bloom, so be patient as your plant fully grows.
  2. Cut the leaves just as the flowers bloom. The leaves are what you will use to make teas or salves that you can use for medicinal purposes. They can be cut as they are needed, but harvesting once the flowers start to bud and bloom will give you the healthiest leaves.
    • You can also cut and dry the flowers as they open, and they can be used similarly to the leaves.
  3. Hang the leaves to dry for 7 to 10 days. Tie a bundle of leaves together with string and hang them upside-down in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. It may take 1 week for the leaves to be completely dry and crispy. The leaves are fully dry when they flake apart.
    • Store dried leaves in resealable plastic bags in a cool, dry space.
    • You can wrap the leaves in thin paper bags to keep out dust, but using plastic bags may cause mold formation.
    • Steep the dried agrimony leaves for 5 to 15 minutes in hot water, depending on the strength you want it, to make a solution to help with a sore throat or diarrhea.


  • Agrimony seeds will stick to fur or clothes and may cause irritation if they come into contact with skin.
  • Agrimony may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
  • If you're diabetic or going into surgery, agrimony will our lower your blood sugar. Consult with your healthcare provider before starting agrimony.
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