Growing Liquorice bushes

Question ...

I have just been given a Liquorice bush which is currently in a 10" pot. We live in Aberdeen, would it survive the winter in an unheated greenhouse or would it be better to bring it inside and treat it as a house plant?

Answer ...

Liquorice, Glycyrrhiza glabra is a hardy herbaceous plant and tolerates temperatures down to -15°C. The variety 'Pontefract' is the hardiest form, 'Pozan' is commonly grown but is less hardy than 'Pontefract' requiring winter protection in the cooler parts of the country.

Liquorice is deep rooting and is best grown in the ground. It does not usually grow well in containers unless they are large and very deep. A dustbin would be ideal.

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