Ashitaba, Standard (Angelica keiskei koidzumi) seeds, organic

$9.95

6/4/2019:  Ashitaba seed is out of stock until new harvest comes in Nov/Dec 2019.  Although this may be disappointing to some, it really does make sense to sow the seeds in the spring from the new harvest, so a bit of patience (no stranger to gardeners) will ensure success come spring 2020.  If you wish to be informed when new seed comes in stock, simply click on the “Waitlist” and you will be e-mailed automatically.  We still have ashitaba potted plants in stock and these are an easy way to get the plant going.  Do not hesitate, even these will sell out presently.  Richo

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

Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Sheryl Burkhalter (verified owner)

    How many seeds in 1 g? Cost is much higher than 20 seed packet, but on purchasing former the confirmation came back with a 20 seed packet?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Sold out on 1 g packets, only 20 seed packets left in stock–hurry.

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    Natalie

    Can angelica keiskei plant be grown in the west Indies..tropics? If so do you ship seeds to the west Indies?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, Ashitaba grows excellently in the tropics. We greenhouse it here in our Zone 7. The plant is also very good for warm maritime areas. We do ship worldwide but cannot guarantee receipt due to the potential problems with customs.

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    • Dean Khalis

      Do you have ashitaba seeds in stock? I need it to send out for some friends.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, you are at the right place, we do have plenty of newly harvested Ashitaba seed in stock.

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    • Maureen

      Where do the seeds come from? Japan, Korea, US exactly what country is the source.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Williams, Oregon USA. Grown on our farm.

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    • Deborah Johnson

      Are you able to send Ashitaba seeds to New Zealand

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      When we make our new harvest late this year or in early 2020, then yes. r

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    B

    Is this plant not a perennial rather than a biennial?

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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, then it may live for longer than 2 years.

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    Admin Richo Cech

    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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    • Nicole

      Need a little help first time growing plants! Can you recommend an organic soil brand that I can use to grow plants? And do you sale this plant pre grown?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Nicole,
      Here’s a link to the ashitaba plants this year, which are exceptional now in 2019 https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product/ashitaba-angelica-keiskei-koidzumi-potted-plant-organic/
      Regarding potting soil, the more organic compost you use, the more ashitaba you get. There is no limit. However if you don’t make compost at your house, then you can use “black gold” or some other commercial soil mix. Make sure it says “OMRI CERTIFIED” or “ORGANIcALLY CERTIFIED” on the label. Steer away from heavy manures and perlite.
      Richo

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    • Loreen

      1. Another website about ashitaba said you have started selling baby plants (not just seeds) for those who don’t want to start from seeds. Do you?
      2. I live outside Phoenix. If I want to grow these outdoors, will I have to have a small green house to protect from our vicious, unrelenting sun?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, I do think the greenhouse would be good, to raise the humidity. Yes, here’s the link to the ashitaba plants https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product/ashitaba-angelica-keiskei-koidzumi-potted-plant-organic/

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    • Greg Lewis (verified owner)

      If I won’t be able to start germinating the seeds for 6-8 weeks, is it better to delay the stratification process or extend it past 30 days?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      I have had more trouble not giving it 30 days than giving it more than 30 days. Use peat or coir, and make sure its not too damp. r

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