Single Packet of 5,000 Seeds
This seed packet measures 3.25″ wide by 4.50" tall and includes a clear & colorful illustration on the front. It also includes detailed seed sowing instructions on the reverse side as well. All seeds sold by Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and are intended for the current and the following growing season. All seeds are produced from open pollinated plants, stored in a temperature controlled facility and are constantly moved out due to popularity.
Cascade Mixture is categorized as an annual flowering plant. Annuals such as this will grow quickly from seeds, bloom profusely and later die with the first killing frost. If seeds are collected from the spend flowers, you can regrow these plants the following year. Lobelia, Cascade Mixture is fairly easy to grow from seed, although you should be warned that the seeds are EXTREMELY tiny.
Lobelia plants can be established from seeds, which are normally sown indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. You will notice that the seeds are extremely tiny, so it may be best to start them in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. The seeds can be distributed directly to the surface of the soil. Do not cover them with any soil as they will require direct light to germinate properly.
Lobelia, Cascade Mixture will thrive in an area of full sunlight to light shade, with temperatures of at least 72F or more. The soil should be moderately fertile, to average, but must be well drained. Adding a light compost to hard, compact soil will increase drainage. Water the seeds daily with a mist setting or spray bottle so that you do not disturb the seeds by overwatering.
Lobelia seeds will begin to germinate within 7 to 14 days after sowing. Cascade Mixture will produce plants that grow to a mature height of roughly 6 to 10 inches tall, trailing roughly 10 to 12 inches. The plants are best sown in pots, containers & hanging baskets, but can also do very well in rock gardens as well. The flowers are small and come in a range of colors, such as red, lavender, white, blue & purple.
Lavender is an herb that is often used for it's essential oils. It is both beautiful & fragrant, and if grown in the right place, it can leave you with lasting blooms through the entire summer. This collection of Lavender herbs consists of 4 individual packets of Lavender, and measure 3.25" wide by 4.50" tall.
Lavender is categorized as a perennial flowering herb. Perennials will form a deep root system in their initial year of growth, which will allow the plants to return yearly, after all danger of frost has passed.
Hidcote is a popular variety of Lavender, which produces blue colored blooms. These sweetly scented flowers are perfect for dressing up any yard! The plants will mature to a height of roughly 12 o 16 inches tall, making them perfect for pots and containers. The blooms are known to attract all sorts of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees and hummingbirds as well. Popularly grown in many insectaries and butterfly gardens, Hidcote Lavender can also be used as a border plant, along driveways, fences and sidewalks.
Munstead is an early blooming variety of Lavender, which produces violet colored blooms. These sweetly scented flowers are more compact than Hidcote, or English Lavender, only growing to a mature height of roughly 12 to 18 inches tall. The blooms are known to attract all sorts of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees and hummingbirds as well. Popularly grown in many insectaries and butterfly gardens, Munstead Lavender can also be used as a border plant, along driveways, fences and sidewalks.
Spike Lavender offers an extremely strong scent, which surpasses other Lavender strains. The plants will mature to a height of roughly 12 to 30 inches tall, producing small, violet colored blooms along it's thin green stems. Spike Lavender doesn't only smell great, it is also very attractive as well. The plants are often seen in many home gardens, as well as parks, zoos and other natural sceneries.
Vera Lavender is thought to be the "True English Lavender" and is sought after for it's fragrance and medicinal values. Lavandula angustifolia has been used for it's high level of fragrance for centuries. It can be found in all sorts of perfumes and potpourris and is also used in poultices, to relieve soreness and inflammation as well. The plants themselves reach a mature height of roughly 30 inches tall, displaying clusters of beautiful, purple colored flowers. These beauties will flower through the mid summer months, attracting all sorts of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees and hummingbirds. This makes Vera Lavender a perfect choice for insectaries and butterfly gardens.
Our Radish Seed Collection contains 6 varieties of colorful Radish roots. The varieties included are Black Spanish, Purple Plum, German Giant, French Breakfast, Watermelon and Easter Egg Blend. Each Radish will grow to a diameter of roughly 2 to 3 inches depending on the variety grown. They will have a rough outer skin and their inner flesh can range in color as well.
Black Spanish Radish (130 Seeds)
The Black Spanish Radish (also known as Noir Gros de Paris) is a plant of the cruciferous family, and is an Heirloom crop. It is a hardy annual as well. It has been used for generations as both a food and for medicinal purposes. For hundreds of years Radishes have been used as a traditional remedy for gallbladder problems, impaired bile function and digestive problems in China and Europe. For this reason, scientists and doctors alike have given the Black Spanish Radish a lot of attention. In addition, there are potential liver-detoxifying properties that come from the taproot of this radish. It induces detoxification enzymes in tested liver cancer cell lines.
With gorgeous black skin and a white internal flesh, the Black Spanish Radish has 3-4 inch turnip-shaped globes. Their taste is crisp and spicy. It is a winter radish that grows longer and larger in size over time than their spring radish cousins. Due to the skin's sharp bite, you can peel the black skin away for a milder radish flavor.
Believed to be a relative of the wild radish, the Black Spanish Radish was first cultivated in the eastern Mediterranean. They were even grown in Egypt before the pyramids were built as excavations have discovered. Just as other varieties of radishes, they are easy to grow, but can take longer to grow during the winter season.
Caterpillars, especially the cabbage butterfly, are some of the top pests of the Black Spanish Radish. Using netting over the bed can prevent them from getting in the garden and eating the leaves. They can also be effected by single-celled organism that deforms the roots and makes it difficult for the plants to soak up water. This is called club-root and takes some serious soil treatment to cure. Keeping a strict crop rotation can prevent this.
French Breakfast Radish (130 Seeds)
While most of us don't think of the radish as a breakfast food, it is somewhat common for Europeans to eat raw vegetables in early or midday as a way to rid the body of toxins. This particular breed of half fuschia and half white radish also known as Les Radis Petit Déjeuner makes for a mild, yet slightly spicy treat. With essentials Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, folate, iodine, iron, and potassium, it is an extremely healthy choice. And because of its oblong shape and 2-4" size, it can be a fun finger food for kids. You could even say they are shaped like fingers! While some radish lovers do tend to eat them raw, they can be sauteed with butter and salted, pickled or fermented in kimchi recipes, added to potato salads, or roasted, just to name a few. The greens can be used in salads, soups, pastas or juices. These lovely radishes are paired well with creams and cheeses. The popular food blog, Killing Thyme suggests an interesting recipe for toast topped with cream cheese and French Breakfast Radish slices.
When you decide to grow the French Breakfast Radish, you will find that it is relatively easy and almost foolproof. It is generally planted and harvested in spring or fall, as this will contribute to your radishes having the most crisp texture and mild flavor. Planting in the cooler months will ensure the roots don't get too hot as this can impede root formation. With a growth time around 3 weeks (or 20 days), they are a great addition to any garden.
Regular weeding and watering will ensure a decent growth season, but be sure not to over-water a radish plant as this will contribute to rotting and will attract some pests such as root maggots. Adequate drainage is essential. Aphids may also be a nuisance but they can be easily rinsed off the leaves if found early enough. Because of the radish being a fast growing plant, pests are usually not much of an issue.
This strain of radish hasn't yet been made a popular American favorite, but once you try this mild, crisp and creamy root, you'll be glad you did.
German Giant Radish (130 Seeds)
Most people have heard of the radish, but did you know that it was domesticated in pre-Roman times? Radishes have been grown and eaten all over the world for thousands of years and varieties vary by color, size, shape, and flavor. One of the largest is the German Giant Radish, an heirloom open-pollinated Amish variety developed in Germany.
The German Giant (Raphanus sativus) is truly a garden whopper. It matures quickly, in as few as 29 days, and its attractive round scarlet globes grow to 1-3 inches; that's giant! These radishes keep their wonderfully mild flavor and perfect roundness no matter how large they grow. Inside, their white slightly tangy flesh stays firm and crisp, even when large, never becoming spongy, pithy or cracking. Harvest them whenever they reach a preferred size and store them in cool moist conditions.
The German Giant thrives in cool weather and is perfect for a spring and a fall crop. Sow the seeds outdoors in fine stone-free soil in early spring to early summer, when temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed. Make successive sowings every two weeks until the summer heat begins. Then plant again as temperatures cool for a fall crop. This radish also makes a fine border plant for slower germinating crops such as carrots and it grows well beside peas, lettuce and spinach. Do not plant near cauliflower or cabbage.
The German Giant is a low-maintenance crop and usually very easy to grow. It prefers well-drained slightly acidic soil with some added compost, but avoid adding excess nitrogen. Too much nitrogen promotes leaf growth instead of the desired root production. The German Giant has few natural pests; water only in the morning, water evenly, and keep mulch and garden debris well back from plants to discourage pill bugs.
Radishes are a great source of Vitamin C; they also provide Vitamin B6, folate, fiber, and minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and iodine. Radishes are often eaten raw, whole or sliced into a fresh garden salad. They can also be sauteed in butter for 10 minutes and seasoned with salt and pepper, grilled in aluminum foil with butter and garlic cloves till tender, or pickled in a mixture of white wine, vinegar and water with fresh herbs. A delicious radish butter is an easy way to keep the flavor going all year long. Chop into tiny pieces 15 radishes, 2-3 cloves of garlic and favorite fresh herbs such as parsley or oregano. Using a food processor works well. Add the chopped ingredients to one and a half sticks of softened butter. Use fresh on toast or on cooked pasta; or freeze the butter to use later for a mid-winter treat!
Easter Egg Radish (130 Seeds)
With a tag from the Greek word for "fast appearing," radishes (Raphanus sativus) are aptly named. Like others in the family, Easter egg radishes reach maturity in just 30 days, and they bring a pop of color to salads and other dishes.
Originating in China and then moving to Greece and Egypt, these treats once served as payment to ancient pyramid builders. Residents of Oaxaca, Mexico appreciate radishes enough to give them their own festival, known as la noche de los rabanos.
These yummy white-fleshed root vegetables have skin colors that range from white to pink to crimson to purple, all in the same bunch. The green leaves, which grow from the roots above the ground, are also a delicious addition to your cooking.
Easter egg radishes are round, and, when picked when they reach the size of a large marble -- about 1 inch in diameter -- they are crisp and have a mild flavor. They grow rapidly when they get plenty of moisture, although they don't thrive in hot, dry weather. Radishes are susceptible to flea beetles and cabbage root maggots, but you can control the pests with floating row covers when you plant the seeds.
Radishes are a good source of Vitamin C, potassium, zinc, and dietary fiber, and they contain enzymes that promote good digestive health and have anti-fungal properties. They also have only 20 calories in a 1-cup serving. For a simple, delicious snack, serve them sliced with bread and butter. You can also dip them in melted butter and then let them rest on parchment paper until the butter sets.
Watermelon Radish (130 Seeds)
Watermelon Radish is grown as an annual crop. Annuals will produce crops within a single growing season, later dying with the first killing frost. If allowed to bolt, the plants will produce fresh seeds which can be used to regrow Watermelon Radishes the following year.
Purple Plum Radish (130 Seeds)
Purple Plum was originally released in 1985, by the Alf Christianson Seed Company, located in Washington. Purple Plum Radish is grown as an annual crop. Annuals will grow quickly, producing leafy tops and small roots within a single growing season. If left to bolt, the plants can produce seeds for the following growing season.
Habaneros are sought after for their extreme heat, and their delicious flavoring. They are not for the faint of heart and can even make a grown man cry. In all seriousness, this collection is for those of you who just love Habaneros!
Each Packet will contain roughly 30 seeds.
Included are 6 varieties of Habanero Peppers, ranging in colors of yellow, orange, white, peach, red and chocolate. The plants are known to grow to a mature height of 24 to 30 inches tall on average. They can be planted in raised beds or directly in the garden. If you are tight on space, they will also do very well in large pots & containers on balconies, porches and decks as well.
The fruits display a glossy outer skin, and range in sizes of 1/2" to 2.5" in diameter.
Be warned, these Pumpkins grow to a massive weight of 100+ pounds, if they are given the correct fertilizer and nutrients. Our Giant Pumpkin Duo includes 2 packages of seeds. Atlantic Giant and Pacific Giant. Both of which contain 10 seeds per packet.
Atlantic Giant (10 Seeds)
Atlantic Giant is easily grown in the Summer months, when the sun is out, the temperatures are high, and the weather is dry. That's not to say that these plants don't need their fair share of water though! The fruits themselves can range anywhere between 200 to 300 pounds and display a rough, bumpy orange skin. Ready for harvest in roughly 125 days after the first sprouts appear.
Pacific Giant (10 Seeds)
Pacific Giant is just as large as it's partner above. The fruits can gain the same weight and are not far off in color, but tend to be a bit lighter of an orange. Pacific Giant Pumpkins are ready for harvest in about the same amount of time as well, 125 days.
Plants & Vines
A few words of advice... The more space the better with these guys. The vines of these giants will trail the earth, taking up as much as 25 feet of land. The plants can grow to about 2 or 3 feet tall, and each plant will produce at least 1 to 2 fruits, if the female flower is pollinated by the male flower. (This is very important to achieve fruits)
Check out our blog article for in depth instructions and best practices for growing these beloved Autumn fruits.