Asafetida (Ferula assa-foetida), packet of 10 seeds, organic

$5.95

Family: Carrot (Apiaceae)

Hardy to zones 7 to 11

(Hing, A-wei, Food of the Gods, Devil’s Dung, Assafetida) Herbaceous perennial, native to the high plains of Iran and Afghanistan. Rare and redolent, a giant umbel steeped in tradition. Source of oleo-gum-resin long used as a garlic-like condiment.  Traditional usage (Ayurveda, TWM): expectorant, antispasmodic, anti-plague.  Plant prefers full sun and dryish soils. Sow the seed in the fall or very early spring.  A short period of cold, moist stratification (refrigeration in moist medium) will improve germination.  Refrigeration is 40 degrees F.  A short period is 2 weeks.  Alternatively, use cool, moist shade (outdoor conditions, not indoor planting).  Cool, moist shade is defined as the kinds of conditions one experiences in spring or fall in the temperate zone, or during the rainy season in tropical or desert environs.  In these kinds of situations, temperatures will oscillate from night to day, which tends to awaken seeds.  Place seed on surface of fast-draining soil and barely cover, tamp lightly and keep evenly moist and in the light until germination, which can take weeks.  Space plants at least 2 feet apart.

10 Seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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    Amber Watters

    Is this an annual or perennial?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      perennial

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  2. John

    John

    Ted B, thanks for the tip! I’ve tried growing this and failed miserably. I will continue to try growing it because this is the only place were you can get this. I will have to give your growing instructions a go.

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  3. Ted B. - Alabama, USA

    Ted B. – Alabama, USA (verified owner)

    My standard germination strategies initially yielded only very low rates of success for this species, which was frustrating. I then tried something different, and realized a much improved result. Soak seeds in water (or optionally a 300ppm solution of gibberellic acid) overnight, then sow in moist sand in a sealed plastic container and keep refrigerated. Check frequently, and look for a rapid onset of 50%+ rates of germination in 30-45 days. Seeds given this treatment have germinated readily in the dark, but aerial parts do not emerge until seeds are exposed to light.

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