Ashitaba, Standard (Angelica keiskei koidzumi) seeds, organic
$9.95 – $25.00
Family: Carrot (Apiaceae)
Biennial hardy to Zone 6 to 12
(HACHIJO-SOU, Tomorrow’s Leaf) Biennial native to Hachijojima Island in Japan. Edible-leaved angelica. Green stemmed. 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.
A note on Ashitaba seed: The seeds grow paired like a clam. Sometimes they break apart, producing 2 winged seeds. Sometimes they stay fused together. When you plant the single winged seed, you get one plant. When you plant the paired seeds, you often get 2 plants. We count paired seeds as one seed, which means the packet generally is overpacked (more than 20 actual seeds). The seeds (especially once individualized) are very fragile. We double-bubble these when we ship, to try to prohibit breakage. Handle with care! Seed is confirmed of high germination rate–no refunds or replacements on this seed.
Cultivation from seeds: 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. When we say to barely cover with soil, we truly do mean to use a very thin layer. Actually, the best orientation is to half-cover the seed with soil and tamp firmly, leaving a portion of the seed showing to the light. 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.
Packet contains 20 seeds
Gram contains ~100 seeds
Certified Organically Grown