Chia seed primer

Chia seed, that powerful little bundle originating from the American Southwest and Mesoamerica, is truly unrivalled in terms of its nutritional value and health benefits. Chia is the most concentrated source of alpha-linoleic acid (Omega-3 fatty acids) in the plant kindom, making it an ideal food for those suffering from inflammation of any sort, including maladies of the nerves, eyes or brain. …

Chia, Mexican White (Salvia hispanica) seeds, organic

Chia, Mexican White (Salvia hispanica) seeds, organic

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Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Annual.  90 days to flowers, 120 to 150 days to seeds

(Mexican White Chia) Native to South America.  Makes succulent, bright-green, bushy plants up to 4 feet tall.  The white seed is made into a beverage, high in soluble fiber and oil.  Traditional usage (TWM): Stimulant, stool softener and bulking agent, indigestion, diverticulitis and Crohn’s.  Plant prefers full sun and mesic soils of moderate fertility.  Overmoist and fertile soils can cause much bushiness and little seed production.  Sow seed just beneath surface, tamp securely, keep moist until germ, which is rapid, then thin or transplant to 2 feet apart.  Packet contains 300 seeds.

Certified Organically Grown

 

 

 

Chia, Mexican Black (Salvia hispanica) seeds, organic

Chia, Mexican Black (Salvia hispanica) seeds, organic

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Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Annual.  90 days to flowers, 120 to 150 days to seeds

(Mexican Black Chia) Native to South America.  Makes succulent, bright-green, bushy plants up to 4 feet tall.  The black seed is made into a beverage, high in soluble fiber and oil.  Traditional usage (TWM): Stimulant, stool softener and bulking agent, indigestion, diverticulitis and Crohn’s.  Plant prefers full sun and mesic soils of moderate fertility.  Overmoist and fertile soils can cause much bushiness and little seed production.  Sow seed just beneath surface, tamp securely, keep moist until germ, which is rapid, then thin or transplant to 2 feet apart.  Packet contains 300 seeds.

Certified Organically Grown

 

 

 

Chia, Golden (Salvia columbariae), packet of 50 seeds

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Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Annual.  50 days to flowers.

(California Chia, Ilipesh) Self-seeding, miniature desert grower with bright purple flowers that occur in whorls.  Native to the deserts of the American SW, Central America and Southern California, growing no taller than the knee.  Programmed by nature to grow quickly during the brief winter rains and make seeds in the spring sun, the mellow seeds occur inside spiney seed capsules.  Like the circulation stimulant Dan-shen, Ilipesh seed contains the compound known as “tanshinone,” a circulation stimulant that inhibits blood clotting and is an anti-seizure medicine.  Was used historically (TWM, Native American) to treat strokes, therefore the translation of its name “to wake the dead.” Actually, there are a number of types of chia and this is one of the best.  All make a quick mucilage when whetted, and may be reconstituted in water to make a soothing and protein-rich drink.  Bulks the stools.  Helps hold moisture in the body, alleviate thirst and provide energy, stamina and endurance to busy gardeners, homesteaders, craftspeople, athletic competitors, long distance runners and regular folks.  My favorite way of growing this is in the winter greenhouse sown on the surface of sandy medium in deep flats.  Press seed into surface and water to keep moist.  Fast germination is followed by the development of characteristic flattened rosettes giving rise to multiple stalks with whorls of purple flowers that give way to the precious seeds.  Keep in the flat and harvest when ready or time the planting to transplant out seedlings in the early spring, which can give increased yields.  Space plants 1 foot apart.

50 seeds/pkt., Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s

Balm, Siberian (Dracocephalum ruyschiana), packet of 30 seeds

Balm, Siberian (Dracocephalum ruyschiana), packet of 30 seeds

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Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 2 to 7

(Siberian Dragon’s Head, Dragon’s head, Siberian) Herbaceous perennial native to Central Europe.  Rare.  Main attraction is that the plant produces myriads of dark purple blue tubular flowers.  Plant prefers full sun and fast-draining soils.  Good subject for alpine or rock gardens.  Sow in fall to early spring.  Barely cover seed, tamp well and keep evenly moist until germ.  If soil has already warmed up, give 30 to 90 days of cold, moist refrigeration by mixing seed in moist mix in a plastic bag or lidded jar in the fridge, then plant seed in standard greenhouse culture.  Smallish plants may be planted 1 foot apart for bedding and flowering.

30 seeds/pkt., Open Pollinated