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Nettle - Live Plant
Nettle - Live Plant
Nettle - Live Plant
Nettle - Live Plant

Nettle - Live Plant

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Description

This seed-grown perennial plant is available in a 3.5” pot, established in a chemical-free environment. They are now completely ready to settle down in their new homes.

What tools and resources should I gather to cultivate Nettle effectively?

To thrive, Nettle requires attention to water, light, and soil. Upon receiving your plant, aim to position it in full sun to partial shade sunlight.

Nettle does best in moist, well-drained soil, if you are growing in a pot, potting mix is a fine alternative.

Familiarize yourself with the growth potential of Nettle. Providing 12-18 inches of space between plants is essential, considering they can expand to 12-24 inches in diameter and stand up to 24-48 inches tall.

The flowering period of Nettle varies; while it typically blooms spring to fall, it may not flower until its second year, depending on the planting time.

How can Nettle be employed?

Historically, the leaves of the plant has been utilized to create tea, infusion, revealing the numerous benefits associated with Nettle.

About Nettles

Nettle (Urtica dioica) is a devoted member of the Urticaceae family. It is a herbaceous perennial that is notorious for its stinging leaves which can cause skin burns, so named stinging nettle. Its stinging attribute has somewhat damaged its reputation but that matter is overshadowed by the massive benefits it offers to its users. 

The plant may grow to an astounding height of almost 7 feet in the summer, but strangely, the winters will kill it off. They possess about 6-inch-long, soft, and delicate leaves that have serrated edges and are arranged oppositely on an upright stem. The plant is also distinguished by an abundance of greenish and brownish blooms. It is packed with magnesium, silica, potassium, iron, and vitamins A, C, E, and K. All these minerals and vitamins, along with active phytoconstituents greatly help with hypertension, abnormal blood sugar levels, hay fever, enlarged prostate, arthritis, gout, eczema, and iron deficiency anemia.

 

How to Use Nettle

  • Tincture: Freshly chopped nettle leaves are macerated in grain alcohol for 4 to 6 weeks to formulate a tincture.
  • Tea: In hot water, fresh nettle leaves are steeped for around 5 minutes to make tea.
  • Salve: Dried nettle leaves make a great pain-relieving salve combined with olive oil and melted beeswax.
  • Vinegar infusion: Stinging nettle leaves are soaked in apple cider vinegar for 3 to 6 weeks, shaking and adding vinegar during the process, to form nettle vinegar.

Nettle - Live Plant Frequently Asked Questions

Is Nettle an annual or perennial plant?

Nettle is an herbaceous perennial, native to Europe, Asia, the western part of North Africa, North America, and New Zealand. It is grown as a medicinal plant due to its massive advantages.

 

How much space should be needed to grow Nettle?

Nettle plant requires at least 8 inches of diameter to flourish. If more than one nettle plant seed is being sowed, they should be 1 inch apart from one another.

 

What zone does Nettle grow in?

Nettle is hardy in USDA growing zones 3-10. It grows pretty well in all climatic conditions, especially in excessive humidity, all across its hardiness range. Give it acidic to alkaline soil (pH 5.0 to 8.0) with full to partial sun exposure and regular water supply to see it prosper into a 2-3 feet. 

 

When should I harvest Nettle?

Nettle leaves are best harvested in late March till April, or in some zones from late fall till early spring. In short, you can pick the leaves from the time they have newly appeared until the end of the growing season. Don’t wait for the rain to rot the stems.

 

Does Nettle flower or fruit?

Nettle produces small green to brown flowers that develop into small fruits (achenes) via wind pollination.

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