A self-published gem! This 60 page paperback journal cum manual covers one woman's experience with natural indigo. This is the fifth edition, published in 1999 and contains lots of useful information on the cultivation and use of Japanese indigo aka dyers knotweed aka persicaria tinctoria aka polygonum tinctorum.
I was lucky to pick up a block of these books and to be able to offer them for sale. They are becoming more and more rare and costly! Grab one while they're still out there!
This packet contains at least 100 seeds of natural indigo. Among its many names are Persecaria Tinctoria, Polygonum Tinctorum, Japanese Indigo, Dyers Knotweed, etc.
I've found that the most efficient way to grow these seeds is to bulk germinate by planting in troughs of soil in an open flat, then transplanting the small seedlings into their own cells as their first true leaves appear. Finally, when the seedlings are at least 4 inches tall and have a few sets of leaves, transplant into the ground in full sun. Be sure to transplant after all threat of frost has passed as this plant is NOT frost hearty and will be decimated by below freezing temperatures.
Adopt an Indigo Seedling
Thank you to everyone who adopted a seedling this year! Follow along as they grow! The next round of seedlings will be available in the spring of 2015. Sign up below for information.
Indigo pigment grows naturally in the leaves of a large number of plant species from around the world. This plant, Persecaria Tinctoria, also know as Polygonum Tinctorum, has been a staple source of blue in East Asia for millenia. It is known for being relatively easy to grow. All it needs is lots of sunshine, plenty of water, and some food.
As an experiment, I've germinated a bunch of indigo seeds and want to get the seedlings into as many people's hands as possible! I hope to spread the wonder about the fact that color can be grown, to raise the consciousness of humanity's original sources of pigment, and to get people to exercise their thumbs, green or otherwise!
The pigment can be extracted from the mature leaves and used to dye all types of natural fibers. As the season goes on, I'll be posting harvest and processing instructions, as well as invitations to two separate harvest parties where we pool our collective leaves and do some dyeing!
These seedlings will be available for pickup from my workshop in Silver Lake (Los Angeles, CA) from June 6-8, 2014 (10 AM - 2 PM Daily). They will be ready to be (and should be) transplanted ASAP. I will also have a limited number of growing kits available for purchase for apartment dwellers that will include a suitable pot, soil, and plant food ($12) There is no charge to adopt an indigo seedling. However you must sign the pledge poster to properly care for your plant (pictured below) in order to receive your indigo seedling. You will also receive a copy of the poster to hang in a prominent place in your home, lest you forget about your little baby!
There are a limited number of seedlings available. Please reserve yours by filling out the form below.
For those of you not able to pick up a seedling here in Los Angeles, I am willing to experiment with shipping them directly to you in the mail for the cost of postage. I have zero real world experience with this but have been reading up on the process and believe that it is possible. There is no guarantee that the plants will arrive alive, but I'll do all that I can on my end to ensure safe travel!
Remember, this is an experiment! If we fail this year, we'll try again next year!
Please grow along with me!
This Year's Adoption is Closed, But...
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