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blue vs. scarlet flax?

 
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Which do you prefer for linen: blue or scarlet flax?
Growing flax for the first time and have seeded both types to compare them later - any tips or hints greatly appreciated!
 
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At my place, common flax, and Lewis flax grow very well. Scarlet flax struggles. Therefore, scarlet flax is my least preferred for linen.
 
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I like both.  They seem to like different conditions, so it might be best to get a packet of both seeds.  Plant them side by each and see which does best in your conditions.  
 
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@r ranson, which grows better in your growing zone?

I'm in Washington and starting with Blue flax this year. I'll pick up some Scarlet if it's better here.
 
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Joseph Lofthouse wrote:At my place, common flax, and Lewis flax grow very well. Scarlet flax struggles. Therefore, scarlet flax is my least preferred for linen.


Does your Lewis flax have a fine seed with an umbrella like lettuce seed?  That is what I have in my field.
I sent some to R. Ranson but I have not heard back if she tested it.
The seed heads of sme plants got wet before the wind dispersed them so I can pull a few seeds if someone wants to test it.
It gets taller where it remains wet longer. The field is clay with a 4 to six inch topsoil and has a large Z shaped saw;e pattern with shallow ponds. Where the soil drains fast or too far from the swale and ponds it may only grow a few inches tall and wait for the fall rains to bloom and seed.
A local basket weaver I trialing it for making baskets. The stems are very strong, stiff when dry and a nice read color.. It will grow tightly spaced and then has few side branches.  
 
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Hans Quistorff wrote:Does your Lewis flax have a fine seed with an umbrella like lettuce seed?  



Lewis Flax has round-ish seed pods with black seeds inside. No parachute-like attachments.

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