Hippocrates -- "Let food be thy medicine & let thy medicine be food"
This is a great way to start growing your own medicinals. In this collection, we chose our very favorite superfood seed varieties: Astragalus, Calendula, and Maca.
Enjoy growing and processing your own medicine!
Astragalus - 45 Seeds
Thousands of years of Chinese herbalism can’t be wrong. This perennial really shines in average soils with good drainage, so where the pickier plants won’t make it - astragalus has a good shot. Highly-prized for its medicinal and culinary benefits. We like to use it as a dried powder in teas, or better yet - using the whole root and making an “immunity soup”. Bees love the flowers and it will grow to about 4 feet tall.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) seeds, organic:
Family: Pea (Fabaceae)
AstragalusAstragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) seeds, organic:(Huang-qi)
Family: Pea (Fabaceae)
Taprooted herbaceous perennial native to China. King of tonic herbs. It is an anabolic immunostimulant, that may be dried and ground up, then used for making tea, decoction, or tincture. As a fresh root, may be boiled in soup to release its life-supportive essence.
Plant is a sturdy survivor, and prefers full sun, average soil, and good drainage. Scarify seed lightly, and use rhizobium inoculant. Tiny seeds are pressed into the soil surface. Tamp securely and keep evenly moist, warm and in the light for germination. Direct seed in early spring. Good cold soil germinator and a poor warm soil germinator. Germ in 3 to 10 days. Thin to 6 inches apart. Plants flower yellow-white to 4 feet tall.
Hardiness: -15° F
Planting Depth: 1/2"
Soil Temp. for Germ.: 70°F
Days to Germ.: 14-21
Plant Spacing: 1'-2'
Days to Maturity: Perennial
Calendula - 80 Seeds
A true beauty in any garden, Orange Zinger Calendula offers both a stunning appearance, food for bees and other beneficial insects, and even medicine for humans. The high resin content of our favorite Calendula is great for teas, tinctures, and food for your skin. An all round superstar.
Orange Zinger Calendula
Medicinal 18-24 in. plant height.
Hardy Annual - Bearing bright-orange doubled flowers, this is the longest stemmed and largest flowered calendula variety we have seen. With exceptional frost tolerance, calendulas make an excellent early and late season cut flower. Can be overwintered where winters are mild. Extremely high resin content also makes this variety a good choice for tinctures and salves.
Soil Temp. for Germ.: 60-70°F
Days to Germ: 7-14, 93% germination
Avg. Spacing: 6-8"
Days to Maturity: 85-95
Maca - 45 Seeds
This variety of maca does well at lower elevations, unlike red maca which thrives at very high altitudes. We love it for its strong life-force and all the power it has as a food. With fresh maca we have so many more culinary possibilities compared to just powder! And consider the freshness...the life-force of fresh maca to powdered is vast. It prefers cooler weather and can take alot of sun if its not too hot. Definitely a favorite for superfood lovers!
Maca, Yellow (Lepidium peruvianum) seeds, organic:
(Syn. Lepidum meyenii)
Family: Mustard (Brassicaceae)
Hardy to all temperate zones. Biennial, radish-like, rosette forming plant native to the high Peruvian Puna. This is a select cultivar that gives high yields of firm, yellow roots and demonstrates a tolerance for low elevation.
Sow the seed on the surface of the seed bed, stir it around with your fingers, then tamp in securely. Germination is in 4 days at 65 degrees F soil temperature. Plant prefers fall, winter and spring conditions for growth. Full sun and a fast-draining soil is preferred. Maca likes a somewhat alkaline soil, such as decomposed granite or volcanic soils. Composted manures are a good fertilizer for Maca. Thin to 6 inch spacing, and harvest after the first year of growth. Best to direct-seed in September and harvest in May or so, unless winters are very snowy. With a little snow, the plant grows through the winter, which is preferred, as it encourages bulbing (the hypocotyl). If left in the field for 2 years, the root will become quite woody and the plant will go to seed. Probably the best regions for growing maca are high steppes in tropical or subtropical countries. The plant is very tolerant of high intensity sunlight and withstands drastic temperature fluctuations. The second photo is a germ test. New seed tests at 86% germination. Open Pollinated