Gentian, Tibetan (Gentiana tibetica), packet of 30 seeds, organic


Family: Gentianaceae

Hardy to Zone 3 to 7

Herbaceous perennial native to Tibet.  Traditional usage (Tibetan medicine): digestive aid.  Probably the easiest true gentian to start from seed, and the most forgiving in terms of flexibility of environmental requirements.  Shade to full sun, moist to somewhat dry, they tend to prosper.  I do like to plant them in the protection of a rock or other permanent feature, because truly one misstep on the part of a spaced out visitor can squash them for a season.  Perfect white flowers, impressively long and succulent leaves. Sow in warm conditions.  Best to sow in pots or flats.  Barely cover seed with soil, press firmly and keep evenly moist and in the light until germination, which can take up to 6 weeks.  After the seedlings reach their second set of true leaves, individuate to pots and grow on that way until they are sufficiently sized to plant out to the shade garden or forest garden.  Space plants 6 inches to a foot apart.

30 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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    Donna Floyd

    What is the best time of year to direct sow Tibetan gentian seeds? I live in zone 8-A

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Donna,
      Tibetan gentian is unlike other Gentiana. You can tell by the shape of the seeds. Tibetan gentian works well in standard greenhouse culture–they can be started any time in warm, moist soil. Around this time of year many of my correspondences from people start out with “Is it too late to…,” and in terms of garden annuals, sure, its getting too late in some areas to start some veggies. However the words “Is it too late… really don’t apply to perennials. These can be started anytime and will express in their own time. Richo

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