Seeds - Art Pack - Stinging Nettle OG


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Description: Valued perennial medicinal herb and leafy green. If Grimm's fairy tales are allegories, the story of six brothers turned into swans ”waiting for their sister to stitch nettle fibres into sweaters that would set them free” reflects our impatience for the end of winter. Stinging nettle, one of the earliest wild perennial greens, announces the arrival of spring. It is so early, in fact, that it wears a coat: one made of tiny stinging bristles. A quick steaming is all it takes to neutralize the histamines that make these bristles sting and results in delicious, spinach-like greens.

Harvest nettles in their second year of growth when they are 4' high. Steam, chop and sauté with oil and garlic, then enjoy their delicious nutty flavor!

Size: 100 seeds per pack

Latin Name: Urtica dioica
Main Uses: Medicinal

Exposure: Full sun
Height: 60"

Germination: 10-14 days
Fertilizing: 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: 0"
Plant Spacing:  12"
Outdoors: Surface sow a few seeds per cell and tamp down to firm the soil. Nettle takes a bit of time to take off, but can grow up to 4' high once established.

Growing in Containers: This plant is very suited for container growing as it is an active plant.

Fertilizing (Containers): If container-growing, add 25% quality compost and fertilize biweekly with a balanced organic fertilizer or use Jobes organic fertilizer spikes.

Watering (Containers): Water deeply when top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Check every day or two during very hot weather.

Growing in Mixed Planters: Not suited to mixed planters.

Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed amended with compost. No additional fertilizer is required.

Watering (Garden): Water new transplants regularly to establish roots. Once established, water deeply as required..

Harvesting: Harvest nettles in their second year of growth when they are 4' high.

Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.

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