Black Seed (Nigella sativa) seeds, organic

$3.95$34.10

Family: Crowfoot (Ranunculaceae)

Annual, self-seeding, 90 days to flowers.

(Nigella, Black Seed)  Native to the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East and Africa.  Traditional usage (Arab and African herbal medicine): indigestion, appetite loss, parasites, inflammation. Source of molecule nigellone (note crystals of nigellone on cover photo here).   Seeds are perfumey tasting and are used as decoration and flavoring agent for confections like candy and cookies.  Plant prefers full sun to part shade and regular garden soil or poor soils.  Direct seed in garden bed in fall to early spring.  Easy and dependable, always enjoyable.

Packet contains 100 seeds
1 g contains ~400 seeds
5 g contains ~2,000 seeds
10 g contains ~4,000 seeds

Certified Organically Grown

 

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  1. Question

    Laura Scott (verified owner)

    Hello Richo. According to the packet of Nigella sativa seeds the seeds germinate best in cool soils. “In the early spring, prepare a coarse seedbed and strew seed on surface..” In response to a previous question from Jan (June 20 2021) you advise to drop in summer, germinate in the fall and overwinter; yet another response, (February 2021) seems more in line with the seed packet. Will you please address this?

    Peace and all Good,
    Laura

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Laura, This is going to depend on zone. Zones 7 and up, fall planting is often the best technique, whereas in 6 and under, since the rosette probably won’t be winter hardy, sow in the spring. This is really a plant that tends to volunteer more successfully than if planted intentionally. So seed scattered in the summer may not germinate until spring, but they’ll produce better plants than can be got from spring-planted seed. I always overplant this (so do recommend the bulk packets) and am generally glad i overplanted it. r

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    • Laura Scott (verified owner)

      Very good, thank you. Perhaps I will order a bulk packet asap.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      yes, thank you, very good. r

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  2. Question

    Tina O’Brien

    what growing region will this grow I’m in5 can it be planted outdoors? thanks

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi there, this is a quick summer spring-planted annual that will do well outdoors in any zone. r

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    • Jan (verified owner)

      Hi Richo, I sowed my Nigella seed in regular garden soil in full sun, and it is extremely miniature and unhappy, starting to flower at less than 3 inch height. I was hoping it would like this bed where I grow bachelor’s button, dang shen, and echinacea. What can be the trouble??

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Jan, Nigella is in the crowfoot family and for the most part this indicates that it is happiest being dropped in the summer, germinating in the fall, overwintering to produce large plant with many flowers come early summer of the following year. If it is spring sown, it has no time to build a foundation before maturing.
      Richo

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    • Stella

      Hello 🙂 I am wondering how long do seeds in packet can be kept before planting? I live alone and do not wish to overplant to avoid wasting. Also, I live in an apartment (with a balcony) with beautiful sun access; do these grow well as a container plants? Please advise. ?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Stella,
      Honestly these are single-use packets, most people do best to plant the whole thing and then thin if necessary. Black seed has about a 5 year viability. Richo

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    • Angela

      I eat the seeds regularly, but are the whole flowers edible (as with the other Nigella that you offer)?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      yes, these are edible

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    • Mercy

      Are these your own farm’s seeds?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      yes

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    • Agnes Szekely

      Dear Richo, I’would like to buy organic nigella sativa seeds from you. In my country Hungary I can’t to buy organic -medical nigella sativa herbs . Could you sell for me this medical herbs seeds and mail it to me. Thank you. Agnes

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Agnes. Hungary is in the EU. If we sent seeds to you in the mail, they would be confiscated and destroyed at customs. Richo

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