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Ashitaba (Angelica keiskei koidzumi), packet of 20 seeds, organic

$9.95

Family:  Carrot (Apiaceae)

Biennial hardy to zone 6 to 12

(HACHIJO-SOU, Tomorrow’s Leaf) Native to Hachijojima Island in Japan. Edible-leaved angelica. It is called “tomorrow’s leaf” because when harvesting one leaf from the plant, you can expect to see a new one “tomorrow.”  The plant does indeed rejuvenate itself very quickly.  Traditional usage: life extension, infection. Plant prefers potted culture in an unheated greenhouse or may be grown outdoors in maritime regions.  Soak seeds overnight in cool, non-chlorinated water and then refrigerate the seeds (approximately 40 degrees F) in moist medium for 30 days.  The moist medium could be moist sand, moist potting soil, moist coir or moist peat.  Note that our recommendation is moist, not sodden, and that we are recommending refrigeration not freezing.  After this pretreatment, plant the (still moist) seeds.  Sow on surface, barely cover with soil and press in firmly and keep evenly moist until germination.  Use a greenhouse, shadehouse or grow lights.  Germination occurs 15 days after sowing.   Seedlings are slow-growing and will require about 60 days to transplant.  Once past the seedling stage, the plant is fast growing.

20 seeds/pkt, Certified Organically Grown

Reviews

  1. No replacements on Ashitaba seed! Ashitaba seeds are PAIRED like the 2 halves of a clam.  Technically speaking we should be packaging up 20 “halves” per packet.  Practically speaking the seeds are often stuck together, doubles are counted as “1s”,  and doubles should be planted that way (given the right conditions 2 seedlings will emerge closely together, and can be separated at transplant).  If the paired seeds are split apart this does not mean they are “broken.”  We double-bubble all ashitaba seed shipments to assure that the fragile seeds make it to you in good shape. Ashitaba seeds are rare, they are tested viable, they are sold as-is. 

    More on preferred growth conditions: The plants prefer rich, deep, evermoist, well-drained soil and full sun to part shade.  As these leaves mature they begin to go yellow and die back, with new green leaves coming on from the central growth points. Many growers are concerned when this happens, but the fact is that this is the way the plant grows, and to take care of it, you must cut off these older leaves in order to encourage new growth.  The plant craves even temperatures and does best on coast or in greenhouse, planted in a half drum of compost.

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