Scientific Name: Urtica dioica
Common Name: Stinging Nettle Does anyone have the courage to wade into their patch to dig some crowns for me?
I have not had success with seeds.
What is your fee for such danger?
I've got a patch of them that could use some thinning, but the ground is still going to be frozen for a couple of weeks. If you don't have any luck between now and then, remind me and I'll see if I can get out there and dig a few.
In my experiencenettles are one of those plants that grows from a tangle of roots and will sprout from a really quite tiny bit, like mint. So I wouldn't be worrying about wading into the middle of a patch looking for a "crown" as such.
Nicole, if you want to try, try to dig the just sprouted seed. I don't know about nettles, but that's the way I move other deep-rooted plants.
On the plus side, even if they don't make it, it'll help the soil. If you want, we can try together, I'll pay postage.
Can I uggest you find yourself a good patch and simply harvest from there? It is an invasive plant and finding it farther down the road in different spots in your garden will not be a joy...just a suggestion...
posted 2 years ago
ITS great if you find it where you live but it does not grow everywhere .It is not that hard to grow from seed but does take a while to come up . I never found it here in Delaware when I was a kid wandering around the farm and woods . When I went to Ireland, they were amazed that people would buy it! It grows well in Europe . I even ship it fresh cut in spring and pick it bare handed . if you do not let it touch the back of your hand it will not sting .. The sting is good for the arthritis in my hands .
Viviane Matte wrote:Can I uggest you find yourself a good patch and simply harvest from there? It is an invasive plant and finding it farther down the road in different spots in your garden will not be a joy...just a suggestion...
I know that nettle does grow in my region. I experienced a plant in the neighbors yard before I knew of its' benefits. That plant was mowed down eight years ago, and I haven't seen any myself since. We actively forage for wild edibles. But I haven't found nettles. Nettles hide from me. They do not wish to be in my tummy, nor experimented on as fiber. I must obtain them in a manner that they don't know it's me who is getting them.