Nettle Urtica Dioica

£1.09£6.29

Well known as Stinging Nettle which most people have experienced.  However, this perennial plant is a medicinal herb, excellent grown as a microgreen or left to mature where it can be used as an alternative to Spinach and far more nutritious.  Any danger of stinging is removed upon cooking.   The best flavour is obtained by harvesting no more than 4-5 inches of the new growth tips.  Height 70 cm and can be invasive if left unchecked or allowed to go to seed

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Nettle Urtica Dioica

Well known as Stinging Nettle which most people have experienced.  However, this perennial plant is a medicinal herb, excellent grown as a microgreen or left to mature where it can be used as an alternative to Spinach and far more nutritious.  Any danger of stinging is removed upon cooking.   The best flavour is obtained by harvesting no more than 4-5 inches of the new growth tips.  Height 70 cm and can be invasive if left unchecked or allowed to go to seed.

Cultivation advice Nettle Urtica Dioica

  • The seed does need stratification ; therefore, it needs a period of cold weather to break the seeds dormancy.  This can be achieved by placing in the fridge for 10-14 days prior to sowing.
  • Can be sown late autumn and naturally chill for spring germination or after soil warms having chilled the seeds first.
  • The seeds are tiny and will not appreciate crowding, there best mixed with fine dry white sand to ensure spacing.
  • Can be sown direct to growing position outdoors.
  • For micro-greens best sown in trays on fine seed compost.  Seed just needs pressing gently into growing medium, it must not be covered as the seed needs light to germinate.
  • Place tray in a clear plastic bag to maintain humidity to cover tray with a piece of clear glass.  Do not allow the growing medium to dry out.