Single Packet of 250 or 10,000 Seeds
Grow Dandelion from fresh Taraxacum officinale seeds. Dandelion is often seen in empty fields, along highways and most commonly seen in our own backyards. It is usually considered to be a pesky weed, but what you may not know is, Dandelions are actually delicious herbs that many people grow in their herb gardens! There are many uses for Dandelion plants, some are medicinal and often times the leaves and flowers of dandelions can be eaten in salads, or used as a garnish.
A Dandelion herb plant will reach a mature height of anywhere between 8 to 18 inches tall. The leaves are tender and the stems are hollow. Dandelion flowers sit at the very top of the very tightly formed plants and are roughly 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter. Grown as a perennial, the Dandelion plant will grow very quickly, bloom, but die with the first frost to return the year after if the roots are kept in tact. Seeds can be collected, or fall to the bare ground to regrow the following season.
As stated above, Dandelion herbs have a number of medicinal uses as well as culinary uses. The leaves of these strong growing plants are known to be beneficial to ones health. Just one cup full of chopped Dandelion leaves will provide you with 10% of your daily recommended value of calcium! They are also a great source of Iron & protein and are loaded with essential vitamins & minerals as well. The nutrients in Dandelion greens may help reduce the risk of cancer, multiple sclerosis, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and stroke.
When growing Dandelion herbs from fresh Dandelion herb seeds, you will find that they are not difficult to establish at all. They are among one of the easiest plants to grow, as well as maintain and require literally no special treatment. You might also be interested in other varieties of Dandelion such as “Garnet Stem” or “Chicory / Italian Dandelion”
Dandelion seeds can be started indoors or established directly outdoors. Sow at a depth of 1/16” under topsoil, in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Transplant into the garden from peat pots when the weather is warm. Direct sow seeds outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. Allowing direct sunlight to reach the seeds is a critical part of the germination process.
Dandelion will grow virtually anywhere as they are categorized as a weed in most states. They thrive in full sunlight or partial shade and will also tolerate both cool & warm climates as well. The soil can be poor to fertile, although Dandelion prefers rich soils. Water daily so that the soil is kept moist until germination occurs.
Seeds will begin to germinate within 14 to 28 days after sowing. The plants will reach a mature height of around 36 to 48 inches tall and can be spaced about 12 to 18 inches apart from one another. Wild Bee Balm produces lavender pink colored blooms that attract an array of beneficial insects including bumblebees & butterflies.
Single Packet of 500 Seeds
Chicory has light periwinkle-colored flowers that are similarly shaped to daisies. The blossoms are about .75 to 1.5 inches across, and the petals have a delicately toothed outer edge. The plant itself has tough, woody, hairy stems. The long, narrow, serrated leaves are a dusty green. If you break or cut the chicory plant, it will 'bleed' out a milky, bitter sap.
Chicory plants have a wide range of growth size, depending on growing conditions, and can be anywhere from 10 inches to over 3 feet tall. The stems on which the flowers grow can be a couple of feet taller yet, up to 5 feet.
Chicory is a hardy perennial herb native to Europe (probably France and Italy) or India. It is one of the earliest documented plants and has been used all the way back to ancient Egyptian times (and possibly farther, but documentation from that long ago is sparce), so it is difficult to pin down the exact area from which it originated. It is extremely useful, so it spread rapidly as far as people could carry the seeds. It has naturalized all over the United States, Eurasia, Africa and Australia.
In the wild, chicory is often found on roadsides or in scrubland, though it prefers well-drained soil with lots of organic material. Because of its large taproot, it is drought-tolerant but prefers 1-2 inches of moisture a week. It is a cool-weather plant and does best if the temperature is around 75 or less, though it will grow even if it gets hotter than that.
It blooms for several months and will provide blue accents to your garden most of the summer and into the fall.
Every part of the chicory plant has multiple uses. In every place to which it was brought, the people there developed new uses according to the needs of their area.
Chicory is best established directly outdoors when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed. Begin by clearing the sowing area of all unwanted plant life. Distribute the seeds to the surface of the soil, covering them thinly with roughly 1/8"of topsoil. Allowing a bit of direct lighting will help the seeds germinate.
Chicory plants will thrive in an area that receives full sunlight for the majority of the day. Temperatures should be at least 65F to 70F for optimal growth. Although Italian Dandelion is not picky on soil conditions, it does prefer a moderate to fairly, well drained medium. Water the seeds daily, with a mist setting, until germination has occurred. Water less and less as plants mature.
Chicory seeds will begin to germinate in roughly 7 to 14 days after sowing. The plants will grow quickly, maturing to a height of about 24 to 60 inches tall and spreading to a width of 12 to 18 inches wide. Chicory can add a splash of pale blue coloring to open fields & flower beds, while attracting an array of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees & honeybees.
Common Misspellings: Chickory, Chichory, Chikory
Single Packet of 500 Seeds
Grow Garnet Stem, Italian Dandelion from freshly harvested Cichorium intybus herb seeds. Garnet Stem, Italian Dandelion will produce deep green leaves with red colored stems. The leaves of these delicious plants can be used in salads to add a bright contrasting color. Believe it or not, they are also popularly grown to feed pet tortoises & rabbits as well, it's one of our best sellers for this purpose.
Garnet Stem, Italian Dandelion is easily established from seeds and is grown as an annual herb. The plants will grow quickly, producing delicious foliage for harvesting, and will later die with the first killing frost. They do fairly well in moderately cooler climates and warmer regions as well.
Italian Dandelion is best established directly outdoors when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed. Begin by clearing the sowing area of all unwanted plant life. Distribute the seeds to the surface of the soil, covering them thinly with roughly 1/8"of topsoil. Allowing a bit of direct lighting will help the seeds germinate.
Italain Dandelion plants will thrive in an area that receives full sunlight for the majority of the day. Temperatures should be at least 65F to 70F for optimal growth. Although Italian Dandelion is not picky on soil conditions, it does prefer a moderate to fairly, well drained medium. Water the seeds daily until germination occurs, lessening as they age.
Italian Dandelion seeds will begin to germinate in roughly 7 to 14 days after sowing. The plants will grow quickly, maturing to a height of about 12 to 18 inches tall, spreading to a width of 12 to 18 inches wide. Cichorium is widely used in salads to add a contrasting color to spruce things up. Also used to feed pet rabbits and tortoises as well.