• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

Iron accumulator  RSS feed

 
Posts: 28
Location: College Station, TX Zone 8b
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Does anyone know of a plant famous for iron accumulation? Something to plant near trees that tend toward chlorosis? Thanks in advance.
 
garden master
Posts: 571
Location: Officially Zone 7b, according to personal obsevations I live in 7a, SW Tennessee
94
bee books food preservation forest garden cooking
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
According to the herbalist Dr. John R. Christopher:  “Yellow dock is considered to be the most medicinal variety of the dock family. The roots of yellow dock have been found to contain as much as 40 percent iron compounds…”

But iron needs to be in the soil for it to end up in a plant. I imagine the area your trees are in, is deficient. Perhaps you may need to grow your dock someplace else and let the dug up roots decompose under the trees, at least for a while. Or bury some rusty nails under the trees where the dock will grow.
 
pollinator
Posts: 200
Location: Worcestershire, England
17
bee bike forest garden fungi hugelkultur purity trees urban woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Stinging nettles would be the plant I would go for, useful for lots of other things too.
 
Without subsidies, chem-ag food costs four times more than organic. Or this tiny ad:
Two part roundwood timber framing workshop sep 24-29 and oct 1-5
https://permies.com/t/91267/permaculture-projects/part-roundwood-timber-framing-workshop
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!