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Ashitaba, Standard (Angelica keiskei koidzumi), potted plant, organic

(25 customer reviews)

$7.50

Family:  Carrot (Apiaceae)

Hardy to Zone 7 to 12.

(HACHIJO-SOU, Tomorrow’s Leaf)  Biennial native to Hachijojima Island in Japan.  This is the standard type with green leaves and stems.  High chlorophyll plant with yellow sap, unique among Angelicas due to its edibility and the presence of both B 12 and the flavonoids known as “chalcones.”  Mature size is about 4 feet wide and flowering to about 5 feet tall.  The plant requires warm temperatures for optimal growth–75 to 85 degrees F.  They need at least 6 hours sunlight daily to thrive!  It is often best to greenhouse them, although coastal climates (such as San Francisco area) seem to work pretty well for outdoor cultivation, and zone 8 growers may find that these plants do fine in regular open garden conditions.  For best results, plant into a large container of compost.  Space plants 3 feet apart.

Potted plant certified organically grown

 

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  1. Question

    kilcorse (verified owner)

    I order on Feb 20 and have not received my order yet (4/25). What happened?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Thank you for bringing this up. Due to high demand, we had to grow another set of Ashitaba plants. All remaining backorders for Ashjitaba will ship May 6th. The new plants are glorious.
      Richo

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    • Wendy Ward

      Hi Rich,
      Since I live in an apartment and can only grow plants in pots, when I buy this starter plant, how many week/months will I need to move it to a 1 gal then 2 gal then 5 gal then 7 gal container?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Wend, Pretty much according to the growth of the plant. According to the directions that come with the plant, transplant to a gallon pot on receipt, then when the roots fill that pot, transplant up to a 3 gallon, and when the roots fill that pot, go to a 5 gallon to finish. The plant wants pure compost, regular watering and a warm, sunny exposure.
      Richo

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    • Wendy Ward

      Wendi Phan on Youtube, in California, grows her plants in the shade b/c direct sunlight burns the plants. I wonder if I should buy 3 plants and test out in the humid and hot Houston weather. One under the apartment stairs that gets bright indirect light, one in afternoon sun, one in shade that gets dapple sunlight.

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    • Diana

      Diana

      Hi Wendy,
      Direct sun in California is different from direct sun in Texas. I grow mine in full sun in Southern Oregon without leaf burn, and even in uncooled greenhouse where the solarity is reduced by 15% but temperatures can easily reach 110 degrees. Humidity is also an important factor. In Texas, it probably does make sense to give dappled sunlight.

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  2. Question

    Robert Grant

    “Plants ordered today will ship within 3 weeks.” How do I order today? I only get the wish list option.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Robert,
      Yes, I agree that some of this stock language can be confusing. Only applies to plants that are currently selling. I will endeavor to e-mail you when ashitaba comes back in stockl, but it won’t be long, keep checking back. Richo

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  3. Crystal montano

    Never received

    Crystal montano (verified owner)

    Ordered never got

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Crystal,
      Thank you for staying in touch and sorry you haven’t received your plant yet. We shipped the last of our first planting of Ashitaba on April 1 so if you haven’t received a plant yet, our plan is to send you an ashitaba from the second planting, which will be ready to ship around May 6. Sorry for the wait!
      Richo

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    • Andy G in Corvallis (verified owner)

      I ordered mine 3/24 and didn’t receive yet. It would be nice to get some communication on expected shipment date, and an update if that changes.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Crystal/Andy,
      Thanks for staying in touch. We shipped out our first planting of Ashitaba and expect to ship the second planting omMay 6/7. Thank you for your patience, and yes, everyone was e-mailed about this.
      Richo

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    • Maria

      Hi-If I order now when can we get the plants here in Texas Houston. Thanks a lot.

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    • Judy

      Judy

      We ship plant orders via USPS priority 3 day or UPS Mondays and Tuesdays only. If you place a plant order now, it will be scheduled to go out next Monday or Tuesday and get there by the weekend.

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    • Maria

      Where are you located in the US?

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    • Judy

      Judy

      Williams, Oregon.

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  4. Jessica Powell

    Healthy Plants

    Jessica Powell (verified owner)

    My plants arrived 2 days after shipping. They were very healthy. It’s been 2 days since they’ve arrived, been repotted, and have perked up nicely. I’m very pleased with my order and look forward to ordering more soon!

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  5. Question

    Sean (verified owner)

    I received the plant yesterday and they seems to be in good shape. How far apart I should plant them?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      We put them to pots to grow on before transplanting to garden. they will take 2 or 3-foot spacing at that point

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  6. Question

    tymothy (verified owner)

    I would like to have half a cup or so of fresh leaves a day. Are 6 plants likely to be enough? How should I harvest in a way that gives me a good supply without hurting plant health?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Tymothy,
      Yes, both the leaves and the stems are very good. You wouldn’t be able to harvest right away, but after growing the plants on for some time the plants will size up, and 6 plants would probably suffice, for awhile at least.

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  7. Question

    jeff symonds

    i live in zone 4 would it possible to grow as an annual or as a house plant

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Only in the greenhouse.

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    • Omo Fe Oya

      I am 7a. Is it ok for growing on the deck in Charlotte. NC

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, although it would grow faster in a greenhouse.

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  8. Question

    Omar Garza

    Just read a very good report on the benefits of the plant. Excited to try but wondering, how do you prepare for consumption. Do you make a tea? How much is enough per day? Have you consumed it on a daily basis?

    Excited to hear your responses, thanks in advance!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Omar,
      Here
      s a snippet from an ashitaba blog that is coming soon:
      Despite the convincing historical support for consuming the plant in the fresh or vegetable state, a culture of Ashitaba tea enthusiasts has sprouted up. Hot water is mixed with 2 tablespoonsful of the green-gold powder of dried leaf and stem, stirred and drunk thick. To make the powder, slice the stems and leaves thinly and dry on paper in a warm, well-ventilated area. Turn the pieces to afford even dehydration. When crispy dry, grind thoroughly, then sift out the larger bits, storing the fine, green-gold powder in a light-proof glass receptacle with a tight-fitting lid.

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    • Patrickhenry

      Hi I live in s/W Florida. My plants did really well through the summer but in the fall they were decimated by caterpillars. They literally ate every thing flowers, leaves and even the seed pods. I was wondering what I could do?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      hi Patrickhenry, I too have found that not only are humans attracted to Ashitaba, but diverse insects as well. One would hope this would be limited to pollinators but sometimes aphids or other critters take hold. Watching your plants carefully and taking steps at first sign of infection seems to be the best approach. Remove the affected leaf so that the vermin don’t spread. Spray them off with a strong water spray. Last resort, use a neem-based plant spray. I had to do this one year when a major seed-bearing plant just could not shake the aphids. But normally prevention is the best policy. Richo

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  9. Question

    Dan N

    I’m in Zone 10a (inland Orange County, California) Do I have any chance of growing these outdoors? Will the summer be too hash for these plants?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      They will take quite a bit of heat, but prefer maritime conditions to desert. Provide shade and spray them down occasionally. Ashitaba is adaptable to Orange Co.

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  10. Question

    McEstes

    I live in Phoenix. What would you recommend? Thanks

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      greenhouse culture

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  11. Question

    Matthew Kelly

    Are there any effective consumable products that you trust that can be purchased if growing a plant is not practicable? Teas, cooking herbs, etc.?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      I haven’t purchased the powder because I use home-grown. I do think there are very good powders out there. For the most part you get what you pay for, and the really good ones are quite expensive. richo

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  12. Question

    Zach

    Hi, just wondering how far you will ship your plants? I live in Alabama. Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Zach,
      Anywhere in the USA, including (sweet home) Alabama.
      Richo

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    • William Olenick

      Do you have any seeds?I am in Switzerland and want to trial at 1500 meters in the Alps.

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  13. Question

    Emilie

    I bought 2 plants from you . One of them lasted 2 years and the other 3 years. I thought these plants were perennials. Am I wrong?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Ashitaba is biennial and monocarpic. The plant normally goes to flower in the fall of the second year of growth and dies back after that. If you cut back the flowering stalk and prohibit the formation of flowers, or if for some reason it fails to go up to flower in the second year, then it may live for longer than 2 years. The leaves are harvested any time they are big enough to eat, and the root may be dug and utilized right after the maturation of the seeds.

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  14. Question

    CATALINA Z. DEL ROSARIO

    i live in daly city, ca. 94015 where the fog is. so, (1) how often do i need to water the plant. (2) how can i have it multiplied. can i cut a stem and just plant it? (3) is it safe to buy it at amazon or home depot (if they carry it)? thanks a lot

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    • Diana

      Admin Diana

      Hello Catalina, Ashitaba does well in foggy conditions. It requires less water when the fog is thick–water twice a week or so. The plant may be multiplied only by seed–stem cuttings do not take. This is a rare plant, you cannot buy it at home depot. You might find it on Amazon, or you could buy a certified organic, large and hearty plant through strictly medicinal seeds. Richo

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  15. Question

    Cindy

    Do you ship to Canada?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      seeds only to Canada, no plants or roots, sorry about that. r

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  16. Question

    Lily

    Will this grow well in the Pacific north west region?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Lily, Yes, in a greenhouse. Even an unheated greenhouse is immensely helpful. richo

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  17. Michelle Warren

    Great plant! Caterpillars think so too!!

    Michelle Warren (verified owner)

    I love this plant. It grows well for me in Texas. Just discovered that it is a host plant for black swallowtail butterflies. The caterpillars love it too!

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  18. Question

    Jolene

    When will sale again for Ashitaba (Angelica keiskei koidzumi) potted plant, organic? thankyou

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Jolene, We will enable plant purchasing starting with the new year. Shipping starts March 15th to the warmer states. Richo

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  19. Question

    Luci Belarmino

    Can it be pruned to have more branches, like a papaya tree?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Well, you can cut off a stem with leaf attached, and the plant will make another one from the crown which is at soil level. Since this is an herbaceous plant, it isn’t pruned like a woody plant…

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  20. Tammy Williams

    Tammy Williams (verified owner)

    Great growing, looks wonderful and taste great have been taking little nibbles here and there. 🙂

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  21. Susie

    Susie (verified owner)

    The quality of Strictly Medicinal’s shipped plants were above expectation, they come with a shipping tracking number to watch carefully so they can be rescued in their time of disruption as soon as possible, they arrived in 48 hours of shipment. Upon reading careful instructions and pulling each plant out, surprisingly they came out nearly glowing, with a few crinkles and bends on only their leaves, they sat upright immediately welcoming their new home. The careful packaging was not limited to keeping them safe from battening, but with wishes of luck, love and health. Kind regards and much gratitude!

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  22. Leticia Hanford

    Leticia Hanford

    Good evening,

    I would like to buy 3 or 6 of your ashitaba/angelina keister plants.

    Please reply
    Thank you
    Leticia

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  23. Wesley

    Wesley

    I just ordered a Ashitaba plant..All orders ship in Sept?So this just reserved my order?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Wesley,
      We don’t ship plants in August, it is too hot. Plants ordered and paid for in August are shipped first-com, first-served starting in September.
      Richo

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  24. Nora

    Nora

    I ordered six Ashitaba plants and received healthy/vital starts—beautifully packed for shipping. I had questions about best growing conditions and both the phone support and email response were forthright and generous. I’m excited to see how they make themselves at home in my garden. Thank you!

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  25. Baybie Scudder

    Baybie Scudder

    This plant is said to help a lot of illnesses. I would like to try it!

    BScudder

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