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Arnica montana potted plant, organic

$11.00$29.50

Family:  Aster (Asteraceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 9, best at elevation up to 6,000 feet

Clump forming alpine herbaceous perennial native to the the mountains of Central Europe.  Flowers very large, on long, sturdy stalks. This is the official plant.  Traditional usage (TWM): antiinflammatory.  Standard preparations include tincture, homeopathic, oil infusion, salve and cream.  Arnica montana makes sturdy clumps in the native habitat, and should be planted in moist, acid soil in the full sun at about 2 feet between plants, in order to approximate the natural spacing requirements.  We have had some success with growing these at around 2,000 feet elevation, and have received reports of good success from folks living at 8,000 feet in the Rockies. Plant prefers a moist, lime-free, acidic loam soil in part shade or sun.  Does well in rock gardens.  At low elevation, give moist shade.  Space plants 1 foot apart.

Potted plant, Certified organically grown

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  1. Question

    lharris.llh65

    Is Arnica Montana planted in Fall in Western PA?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hell lharris, thanks for contacting. As an herbaceous perennial, fall planting is very typical. It really depends on your facilities. Those with few resources do best to plant in the spring. Those with shade house and greenhouse generally do better planting earlier. richo

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    • Lisa

      Thank you for your quick response! I have had difficulty the last 2 years growing Arnica Montana seeds, I get the plant growing well but can’t get them to continue when put outside. I thought the other strain might be a better choice for my Western PA zone 5-6. It’s the one plant I don’t have for a “trauma” infused oil blend. Again, thank you so much!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Lisa,
      Arnica chamissonis is easier to grow and more flower productive although the flowers are smaller. The problem with Arnica montana not “taking” can be solved by acidifying the soil.
      Richo

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  2. Question

    Carolyn Fulton (verified owner)

    Will arnica montana grow at 1400 ft above sea level

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    Grace F

    Hello,
    Will one plant always stay as one single rosette, or will they spread through rhizomes, or some other method of multiplying? I’m thinking of dandelions, how when you dig up a mature root you see it has developed many smaller individual roots that can be separated.

    Also, does the plant vigor decrease after a certain number of years? Thinking long term here.

    Thanks!

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Grace, Arnica montana is rhizomatous and will spread through underground runners, although it tends to make more of a clump than to run out enthusiastically the way Arnica chamissonis does. Patches can last many years, and they can become more robust as time goes on. richo

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    Bonnie Bock (verified owner)

    I just ordered plants which will arrive in October. I live in plant zone 7A. Is it OK to plant them when received ,or keep them in containers indoors until Spring?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Bonnie, You’re right on the fulcrum–it may work to plant them to the garden or it may be better to keep them potted and protected until spring. If I was in a Z 7 I’d plant them to gallons and keep in a cold greenhouse until spring. If a cold greenhouse is not available, you may want to plant them outdoors, they will suffer on a coffee table. richo

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  5. Question

    Bonnie Bradley (verified owner)

    Is arnica Montana a perennial? Thank you great job. Learning alot.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Bonnie, Thanks for staying in touch. If you click on the photo you’ll bet the monograph that gives good info on exactly how to characterize the plant. It is truly amazing how many random writeups on the web on these plants fail to nail down what KIND of plant it is. I think this is because people writing about the plants actually don’t have real experience with it. Anyhow, here’s the relevant text: Clump forming alpine herbaceous perennial native to the the mountains of Central Europe.
      Richo

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  6. Question

    Becky

    Do you feel this miracle plant would survive @ sea-level in southeast alaska?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Becky,
      Thanks for contacting. You would be within the zone recommendations for Arnica montana so I would try it. The plants we have available now are proving themselves to be good growers.
      Richo

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    Peggy Lyttle

    I am in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western NC at approximately 3300′ elevation; I would like to incorporate some of these into my pollinator garden….do you think these will work at my elevation?

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  8. Question

    Jan Satterthwaite

    Hello. I am interested in purchasing the Arnica montana plant. From the image, It looks like it is grown in a 6-pack of plants. Does that equate to a quantity of 1 for ordering?

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  9. Question

    Mary Beth Eannarino

    If you have a potted Arnica montana available for sale I would like to purchase it! Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      OK Mary Beth, The story is that the potted plants started to look rough so we zeroed the inventory. Then nursery staff was smart enough to top-dress all Arnica montana potted plants with pine needles, at which point they all started looking healthy again. So, 30 more plants have been enabled on 5/4/2019 and you can feel free to order. Arnica likes acidic conditions. Richo

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    • Vikki L George

      Can these be grown in the house in the winter months?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      No, they need outdoor conditions.

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    • Karen

      I am about to order 1 arnica montana plant, the cart shows a young 6 pack. Is this what I will be receiving?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Karen,
      No, that was just a picture we took of 6 plants that we had reserved for somebody. The plants are sold individually, not in 6 packs. I removed that photo, although it was a good photo, as it was causing confusion.
      Richo

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  10. Question

    dinny

    hi! Will you be getting any more Arnica montana plants for spring 2019?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      I am surprised that the inventory has run down on these. I will reassess and enable if possible. We would have to grow more to have more!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      I enabled another 20 of these on 4/4/2019. There are still many on the table. r

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    • Margi Houghton

      Are you getting any more arnica montana plants this 2019?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Margi,
      This is the first I’ve heard that the inventory on these has run down again. I’m going to wait a bit and see if all orders are satisfied. There may well be more remaining. I’ll try to e-mail you. The Arnica montana are very sensitive, I’m working with some complaints on these, and yet here in the nursery they are doing very well. I don’t think they like disturbance, probably a leftover from high mountain habitat. . .
      Richo

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    • Joann Buenaventura

      I’m interested in the arnica montana plant and would like to know if I can wait and order this when it is fully bloom? Also, can you tell me the origin where this plantt came from?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Joann,
      Thanks for your interest in Arnica montana. This plant is native to the Alps and Pyrenees of Europe. The potted plants that we are selling are grown from our own organic seed. This is a long-lived perennial and really needs to be planted into appropriate environment in order to size up and flower. Richo

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    • Joann Buenaventura

      Do you have arnica montana plant available that are in full bloom that we can purchase?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi joann, sorry, no i don’t, only arnica montana starter plants. r

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    • Joann

      Hi Richo, Another question: do you sell arnica montana that are fully bloomed? If so, when would be the best time to order it?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Joann,
      Due to the rarity of Arnica montana seeds, when plants begin to bloom, then we let them go to seed and collect it. What we’re selling here are starter plants. You can put them in a flower bed and then they will flower according to their growth and eventual maturity.
      Richo

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  11. Question

    Lacy

    Would these Grow In a container?

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  12. Question

    Kelly

    What do we receive for 10.00 the 6 pack in the first picture or one like shown in the second picture?

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