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Does anyone have any established stinging nettle you could dig up and send me? I know it is a common weed in most places, but we don’t have it in Cincinnati. I will pay for the shipping and the trouble getting it sent. I am looking for a dozen or so of strong specimens to establish a dedicated nettle raised bed.
 
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Hi! I have lots of nettle growing on my property, but I'm pretty far from you, so shipping might be a bit much, and nettles from closer to you might do better. I've also never shipped plants before, so I might biff it up.

Hopefully someone closer will have some for you! If not, feel free to moosage me, or reply here!
 
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Thank you Nicole, I will keep you in mind.
 
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You can get seeds at Bakers Creek:

https://www.rareseeds.com/stinging-nettle/

In case no one on permies responds they have plants on ebay:

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=stinging+nettle+plants
 
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Tatyana Piven wrote:Does anyone have any established stinging nettle you could dig up and send me?



I have tons of it if you still need some.  In rural South Dakota so the mail works a bit slow, but nettle is pretty tough.  Just send me a mailing address and how much you want.  
 
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Thank you all, I have arranged with a permie for shipment of a dozen this week. Love this community!
 
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Happy to hear you're getting what you need. I got nettle seeds from someone on this forum a few years ago, so that may be solution for people in the future. Even though I planted them more than a year later, I got pretty good germination, but then the tiny sprouts got roasted on a sunny day, and I changed my mind about introducing an exotic species, and decided to try to get some of the local nettle species (but haven't done it yet).
 
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Take a canoe trip down the little miami river.  There is tons of it along the river bank just upstream of Milford ohio.  You can also take a bike ride along the little miami river bike trail and fine it growing like weeds.  Start out at the milfore bike trail train station at US 50 parking area and go north.
 
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Steven Rodenberg wrote:Take a canoe trip down the little miami river.  There is tons of it along the river bank just upstream of Milford ohio.  You can also take a bike ride along the little miami river bike trail and fine it growing like weeds.  Start out at the milfore bike trail train station at US 50 parking area and go north.



Thank you for the tip, Steven! I will get on the trail this weekend, have been planning on doing it for years anyway.  I want to collect and dry some for tea. Mine will not be ready until next year.
 
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Hi, I got nettle seeds from baker creek and followed instructions but have not been able to get any to grow. I also have been unable to find any growing wild in this area and have an area in my yard I could use. I have read how good they are to eat and use for tea. Any hint for growing?
 
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I got seeds from ebay and threw it on top of sandy soil in February (it needs stratification) in a bucket, and covered with row cover to protect from wind and birds. Dermination was pretty impressive, but not 100%. I just begged one of the permies (Mime Cantrell) to send some rhizomes and will be planting those as well tonight. Search “stinging nettle” or just “nettle” on this forum and you will find old posts where people offered sending rhizomes - you want to have someone not too far from you so nettles don’t wilt in transit too much.
 
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Here hiw my baby nettles look 3 months after seeding (very slow growers!) and the rhizomes Mike sent me:
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Rebecca Norman wrote:...but then the tiny sprouts got roasted on a sunny day, and I changed my mind about introducing an exotic species, and decided to try to get some of the local nettle species (but haven't done it yet).



That’s the problem with using seeds for nettle propagation: they are too tender the first year and you get no harvest until second season. Hopefully rhizomes will get me some harvest this  fall.  
 
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I'm in the Cincinnati area (South Lebanon) and could sell you some transplants from seed. As has been said, there's tons along the Little Miami though.
 
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Nick Van Riper wrote: there's tons along the Little Miami though.



So this morning I dusted off my bike and went on the bike trail, first time since forever. I saw this guy and go so excited!
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But then I realized that it’s not stinging nettle. Probably some well-tempered cousin (no spikes). Oh well. Then I saw these guys:
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And got disappointed again. And again. Finally I gave up in the idea, turned around, and went home. However, I did make some discoveries today:
1. Getting drenched-soaked in the rain is just as much fun (little pleasures!)
2. Rain water tastes much better than any other water I tried.
3. Indian Hill on Saturday morning sounds like the fight for Stalingrad in 1943. There is no freaking way there will be gun controls in this country- people shoot in the morning, just for fun, like it’s a cup of coffee.
 
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