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Indigo Seeds

Indigo Seeds

Indigo Seeds

(Dyer’s Knotweed, Ko-sen-bon, Liao lan) This is the pink-flowered type. Frost-tender annual to 3 feet tall, a much-branched plant native to Eastern Europe and Asia, including especially Japan and Korea. Traditional use: Fresh and Dried leaves used in treating infections, as a disinfectant, also as a treatment for canker sores and seafood poisoning. Source of indicin–pure indigo dye. I just wanted to point out that the fresh leaves are colored green, not indigo blue. The one picture in the gallery of a blue leaf is how they appear when they wither, with the indigo showing through. Plant does well in standard garden culture, in sun to part shade, with a moderately rich soil and reasonably frequent watering. That said, it is an easily-grown and forgiving plant. Seed is kept refrigerated and should be planted as soon as possible after receipt. Sow 1/4 inch deep in rich soil, tamp securely, keep evenly moist and maintain at 70 to 75 degrees F for best germination. The basic horticultural technique for growing these in the temperate zone is to sow the seed in March, transplant seedlings to field in May, first harvest July, second harvest August.

Of all the 700 species in the genus Indigofera (= Indigo-bearing), it is this one species that gave it its name. Once the most important of vegetable derived dyes and known in Asia for over 4,000 years, the pigment is present in the leaves in small quantities. It is a shrubby perennial with silvery branches and thin, pinnate foliage, downy beneath, and bearing axillary spikes of small, pinkish-yellow flowers. Although a perennial, would-be home dye manufacturers will be pleased to know that it is fast growing and up to four cuttings of herbage can be made in the first year from seed. 6ft (1.8m)Japanese indigo preferred by dyers in Maine. A tender annual, indigo thrives in fertile soil and likes heat and humidity. Best started indoors 6–8 weeks before the last frost, transplanted out on 1' centers and kept moist. When the plants have grown 1–2' tall and bruised leaves turn navy blue, they are ready for a first harvest. If you cut the stems several nodes up from the ground, they will re-sprout and you can harvest the re-growth, perhaps several times more.NCC Agro Industries was commenced in the year 1996. We are a Sole Proprietorship based firm. We are engaged in manufacturing, wholesaling, exporting and supplying a wide range of Indigo Seeds, Natural Hair Dye, Indigofera Plant, Natural Indigo Fabric Dye, Madder Root, Lemon Grass oil, Indigo Cake and more. The products are provided as per the customers’ demands and requirements. (Source: www.indiamart.com)

 

 

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