Seeds - Prickly Caterpillar
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Description: Fun for the children’s garden. This novelty heirloom legume has the most unusual spiky pods that bear a resemblance to caterpillars. Although technically edible, the pods are most often grown for fun as they are quite... prickly!
The plants are low-growing and make a great annual ground cover. The pods are preceded by lovely yellow flowers. Nitrogen-fixing.
Pack Size: 25 seeds
Latin Name: Scorpiurus muricatus
Main Uses: Novelty
Zone Hardiness: Annual
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 25 cm (10 inches)
Flower Color: Yellow
Flowering Time: Summer
Germination Instructions: In northern climates it is best to start Prickly Caterpillars indoors approximately 4 - 6 weeks before the average last frost date. Start in peat or coir starter pots, using an organic seeding mix. Wet the soil and water with liquid kelp (for example, Sea Magic) ahead of sowing. Push seeds into the soil about 1/4" deep. Place seeds in a warm location such as on top of the fridge, moving the pots to the brightest location available once seeds have germinated (germination can be slow and is at a lower rate compared to many veggies - expect approximately 30% germination).
Once all chance of frost has passed, transplant hardened seedlings to the garden or large pots.
Prickly Caterpillar can also be directly-sown outdoors after last frost (first week of June), although fruiting occurs more quickly if started indoors.
Growing in Containers: Well-suited to larger pots (minimum 6-8 inches)
Fertilizing (Containers): Feed with balanced organic fertilizer through season.
Watering (Containers): Water containers deeply when top inch feels dry to the touch. Monitor every day or two during very hot weather.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Not well-suited for mixed planters.
Fertilizing (Garden): Amend garden soil with compost annually. No further fertilizer required.
Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.