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Growing Information:

Nettle

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days

SOWING TIME: Spring

SEEDING METHOD: Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun

PLANT HEIGHT: 36-72"

PLANT SPACING: 12"

HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 5-8

Habitat and Description


Growing Nettle
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Before you can plant your seeds you must statify them. This is how the seeds would survive during winter before taking root in early spring. They must do this to take root. To simulate this, put them in a plastic container containing several cotton balls soaked with water to maintain humidity. Seal the container and place it in the refrigerator in late January. Leave them for 6 to 8 weeks. You will know they are ready to plant when the seed cases develop cracks.
  • Poke holes into the earth surrounding any plant in your garden or yard you wish. The nettles will improve the health of the plants they are close to. They also act as a natural deterrent to many types of insect and bird that would feed on fruits or vegetables in most gardens.
  • Drop a seed into each hole, which should only be about an inch deep. Fill the holes with organic compost and water them liberally.
  • Make sure the ground they are planted in stays moist, don't worry about overwatering them. They can take a lot of water. The nettles should sprout in a few weeks and will grow very quickly. They will drop seeds in the fall, so if you wish to avoid this simply cut them off at the ground. The root will hibernate during winter and put up new shoots over the course of the next year.


Nettle


The benefits of Nettle

Nettles are one of the most important herbs to get to know. They fall under the tonic herbs heading. This means that they are very nourishing and offer a gentle, nutritional boost to your diet. Nettle is often overlooked, because of the irritating effect that it has on bare skin. Some people actually use this irritating effect to their benefit, and rub nettles onto arthritic joints. The warmth that lasts after the stinging subsides is said to temporarily relieve pain.

Nettles are used as a blood purifier. they are high in iron and potassium. The dried leaves, powdered, make an effective blood stopping wound powder. The juice is applied to the scalp as a hair growth stimulator.

One of the best ways to use nettles is to add them to soups and stews, where they impart a rich, earthy taste. Nettle is also a great addition to your herb tea mixes. Add the leaves to any tea blends that need a little more body. For a stronger herbal tonic, try a nettle infusion, steeped overnight.





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