We're up in southern NH so zone 5+ Our latest effort is now in the greenhouse to see if it's just simply too cold for them. Any ideas would be greatfully taken. Oh and we're growing them for brewing and food.
Jordan Lowery wrote:What temps/season are you germinating at? What is the environment like where your planting? And how are planting the seed?
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Hi Jordan - I'll have to take a guess at the temps. Indoors our germinating temperature was around 66 degrees air temp. I would imagine outdoor temp was slightly lower say around 60. We started planting mid April onwards. Environment varies - outdoors sown against a concrete garage wall (pretty well drained sandy soil), outdoors in potting soil, indoors in peat pots.
So far I've had no luck at all finding nettles in the 'wild' in New Hampshire.
Julia Winter wrote:I was under the impression that nettles like more mucky soil, not sandy and well drained. They are said to be an indicator species for rich soil, with lots of fertility.
Hi Julia - not sure. I know that back in the UK I've seen stinging nettles growing on demolition sites in piles of bricks and sand. Perhaps a different strain of nettle? It's pretty common to see nettles grow just about anywhere even between paving stones and out of blacktop.
Celia Revel wrote:I'm wondering if number of frost days has anything to do with it. They grow abundantly and wild in northern California in late winter, early spring. That time of year it is wet and and frosty in the mornings.
That's what I am beginning to wonder about. Certainly New Hampshire has way colder weather in general than the UK and certainly AFAIK more frost days.
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