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Ordering will resume for Fedco Trees when we release our 2018 catalog, in early October 2017.
Stinging Nettle
Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica Biodynamic gardeners use the dark green nettles to increase potency of neighboring herbs and to stimulate humus formation. Cooking or drying removes the sting.

Young shoots are high in minerals—the leaves are delicious steamed as early spring greens. Dried nettles used as a feed supplement for chickens have a layman’s reputation for increasing egg production.

Choose your planting spot carefully; nettles spread and the rhizomes and leaves sting. An indicator of super-fertile soil where it volunteers.

Plant in damp rich soil with high nitrogen content; especially likes composted manure piles or the lush side of your leaky compost bin. Grows 3–6'. Z2. Maine Grown.

Item Discounted
L775A: 1 for $7.25
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L775B: 2 for $12.50
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L775C: 3 for $16.75
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Additional Information

Herbaceous Medicinals

These plants have long histories of traditional medicinal use. It’s up to you to educate yourself about the safety and efficacy of using plants for medicinal purposes. The statements in our catalog regarding traditional medicinal uses of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA. The plants we sell are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Plants may take a year or more to establish before they flower; roots often take several years to reach harvestable maturity.

Herbaceous Perennial Plants

When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock immediately. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable, not soft or brittle. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers.
Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting of the root crowns.
Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.
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