Green tea «Ivan-Tea» – Organic Fireweed Seeds
Fireweed has become a symbol of the Alaska and the Yukon region, and has a long history of culinary and medicinal use; currently, the slightly spicy petals are used to flavor wildflower honey, candy, ice cream, or jelly.
- Packet Size 200/2000/20000: 200 seeds 2000 seeds 20000 seeds
- –>Manufacturer country : Ukraine
- –>Product code : 10458-200
- Available: a lot of
- –>Germination : 90%
- Unit: Seeds
- –>Seeds per gram : ≈ 20000.00
- –>Crop year / Production date : 2019
- –>Shelf life : 2 years
Organic Fireweed «Ivan-Tea» (Chamérion angustifólium, (Epilóbium angustifolium))
The common name “fireweed” comes from this wildflower’s rapid growth over recently burned ground. The seeds remain in the soil for many years, bursting into bloom when fire clears the ground and brings light to the soil.
In twentieth century Britain, this bright flower acquired the nickname “bombweed” because it thrived in bomb craters. Fireweed has become a symbol of the Alaska and the Yukon region, and has a long history of culinary and medicinal use; currently, the slightly spicy petals are used to flavor wildflower honey, candy, ice cream, or jelly.
Fireweed is very attractive to bees and butterflies, and Fireweed honey has become quite sought after. Fireweed seeds do best with a cold/moist treatment for 4 weeks prior to planting, or directly sow the herb seeds outdoors in the fall.
How to Grow
Fireweed forms cottony seeds (like cottonwood seeds only smaller and lighter) in thin seed pods that are spread by the wind. So far I have not seen any plants that have come up from seed however I’ve been harvesting seeds before too many blow around. Moreover starting seeds has been kind of iffy, it seems to me they need a great deal of care to get going.
I managed to start some plants from seed even during fairly hot weather by filling a pot with dirt, sprinkling the seeds on top and coating with very fine dusty soil. Then water from the bottom and/or spray with a fine mist. Do keep the pot out of the hot sun and make sure the pot is cooler at night. Once I tried starting them in a cool basement with a fairly constant temperature and this did not work. A couple of times I tried starting the seeds by placing them in the ground and this did not work. I also managed to start them by putting some in Park’s Starts (rubbery peat-like cylinders) on a windowsill in late Winter. Also do not attempt to plant plants you do manage to start in hot conditions, I did this and very few (or none? I forget) managed to survive.
Fireweed is in the Evening Primrose family meaning that it can spread rapidly. My first experience with fireweed led me to think it would soon be all over the place however it is not nearly as aggressive as some other members of the family (like showy primrose, Oenothera speciosa, one heck of a spreader that has been in many seed catalogs in recent years). It forms a limited number of shoots in the spring and if you pluck them out you will not get new sprouts all over the place. If you dig up a sprout in the Spring it will only grow slowly that season and not bloom until new sprouts come up the following year. It also has does not compete well against other perennials like Helenium, New England Aster and Bee Balm so in a wild setting it will not take over as far as I can tell. Also deer and elk are supposed to like the plant and they would control it in the wild.
Ivan’s Cat Grass
If you observe cats roaming in the great outdoors, chances are you will occasionally find them munching on grasses. “Cat Grass” is actually a catch-all for any number of domesticated grain grasses, which cats typically munch on well before their seeding stage. Of course, each cat has their own idiosyncratic preferences, but in the absence of any wild grasses, our cat grass blend works wonders. Our blend is named after our Maine Coon Ivan, who readily munches on this whenever we plant it. It’s equal parts barley (Hordeum vulgare), oat (Avena sativa), rye (Secale cereal) and wheat (Triticum aestivum). Plant densely in contained areas wherever cats are likely to discover it.
25 days from seed to cat-snackable foliage. Annual.
Seeds are certified organic.
Ivan Tomato Seeds
The Ivan is our Signature Rescue Tomato and is a local Missouri family Heirloom. It is unbelievably resilient and well adapted to crazy weather. Packages contain approximately 25 seeds. The Ivan is an 85 Day indeterminate tomato with a very high yield and an old fashion taste. The plant can grow over 10 feet tall so have a big spot with plenty of sun and a good support system ready for your Ivan Tomato. You will not be disappointed.
Germination rate 90%.
These are SEEDS not Plants
Ivan Tomato Seeds
Package of Heritage Heirloom Ivan Tomato Seeds. Packages contain approximately 25 seeds. The Ivan is an 85 Day indeterminate tomato. The Ivan grows upwards of 8 feet tall vines. It is ideal for home gardeners, sustainable living enthusiasts, and small farmers. It can be grown in the group or in planters with substantial support. It requires good, nutrient-rich soil with consistent watering. This well-adapted Missouri Heirloom is resistant to disease and weather fluctuation. The Tomato has a great yield and a wonderful old fashion taste. It is a very strong plant and will not disappoint.