Stinging nettle should be planted in it's own spot away from the main garden and not allowed to go to seed or it will spread . It also spreads by runners like mint. It is worth growing however because it has tremendous soil building and health benifits . It is one of the Biodynamic herbs .
It is best to start it in plugs We mix the seed with sand and sprinkle it on moist seed starting mix . It takes 7 to 14 days to germinate best at 65 degrees . It needs light to germinate and won't germinate if it is too hot . We statify the seeds we send my freezing them for a month or so.You can also sow them in a pot and leave it outside in the fall and the seed will emerge in the spring
It is great to feed to animals and humans as a supplement . Makes a great tea and cooking herb. We feed it to baby chicks as soon as they are hatched . We also made an herbal fertilizer with it.
|Foliage:||dark green foliage stings when touched|
|Lifecycle:||2 (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)|
|USDA Zones:||7 to |
|Propagation / Germination:||easy|
|Sun:||full sun to part sun|
|Water:||drought tolerant -likes moisture|
|Pests and Diseases:||a worm that also stings likes it . it hatches into a smakll orange butterfly|
All of our seed offerings were grown here. We have been seed savers for 20 years. Our seeds are packaged in original art packets, hand folded with 100% recycled paper. Instructions for growing are not on the packs but are on the listing under seed template. Books on gardening as well as many catalogs carry general information on growing seeds. I am available by e-mail or phone to answer any growing questions as well. You won't find that service from many sources of seeds . The shipping on our orders also includes the processing and handling charges which is also less or equal to most seed companies. Remember we hand pack each order and drive from the farm to the post office to ship your order. I go every other day so I also have time to garden.