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