Seeds - Epazote OG

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Description: Pungent, aromatic herb native to Central and South America. Much like cilantro, this is one of those "love it or hate it" flavours... but absolutely irreplaceable where called for in recipes. Traditionally-used in bean dishes to impart a fuller flavor and also acts as a carmative (alleviate flatulence); add leaves near the end of the cooking time. Both fresh and dried leaves can be used. Self-seeds readily.

Pack Size: 250 seeds

Latin Name: Chenopodium ambrosioides
Main Uses: Culinary, medicinal
Zone Hardiness: Annual (reseeding)
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 60 cm (2 ft.)
Flower Color: White
Flowering Time: Summer
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic

Germination: 5 - 7 days at 21° C.
Sowing Indoors: 4 - 6 weeks before last frost date. Sow 5 - 8 seeds per cell or plug. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant.
Planting Depth: Surface. Lightly press into the planting medium.
Planting Out: Plant in well-drained fertile soil (garden or container) once seedlings are established and risk of frost has passed.
Sowing Outdoors: Early June, once soil has warmed and there is no chance of frost. Direct seeding is an easy way to start Epazote!
Notes: Epazote is considered poisonous in large quantities, but perfectly safe when used at in regular recipe quantities (although not recommended when pregnant). Two large sprigs or 2 tsp. are used per pound of beans.

Growing in Containers: Well-suited for containers 6 inches and up.

Fertilizing (Containers): Add 25% quality compost to potting mix; fertilize weekly with a higher-nitrogen organic plant food such as fish-based fertilizers.

Watering (Containers): Water deeply when top inch of soil is dry. Monitor daily during hot weather months.

Growing in Mixed Planters: May be grown in large mixed planters only.

Fertilizing (Garden): Plant into well-drained garden soil, amended yearly with compost. No additional fertilizer required.

Watering (Garden): Water to establish (first two weeks). Once established, water weekly to maximize productivity.

Pruning: Start harvesting at internode points once 6 sets of true leaves have appeared. This encourages bushiness.

Harvesting: Harvest often, cutting at the point where leaves branch out from the stems. Avoid plucking!

Special Requirements for Cold Climate Gardeners: Epazote is a warm-climate plant, and thrives where spring soil has warmed-up to at least 18˙C.

Pest/Disease Issues: Epazote is very resilient against pests.

Suitability for Indoors: Not well suited to indoors, unless under lights

Exposure: Full Sun

What about Grow Lights? A simple fluorescent light dramatically improves the success of epazote indoors.

General Indoor Care: The sunniest possible location or grow lights are critical to the success of epazote indoors. During the low daylight months of winter, grow lights are imperative. Mix a well drained potting mix amended with 25% compost. Avoid growing epazote near heat vents or air conditioning vents, as the dry air will not be good for the plants.

Indoor Container Suggestions: Minimum 6" pot, with drainage holes. Mixed planters are not recommended for indoors.

Winter Fertilizing: Under lights, fertilize weekly with a higher nitrogen organic plant food such as Ocean Fish.

Winter Watering: Under lights, water deeply every few days. If plants don;t seem to be drying out, increase the air circulation.

Special Instructions: Harvest and cut frequently to increase bushiness and vigour.

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