"Tade Ai" Persicaria Tinctoria Round leaf Pink Flower Indigo

"Tade Ai" Persicaria Tinctoria Round leaf Pink Flower Indigo

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"Tade Ai" or round leaf indigo, is another of the original Japanese indigo varieties, hailing from Tokushima area, Southern Japan.  Used primarily for the purpose of making indigo compost pigment called  "Sukumo". this plant will also release well into water, notably a little slightly slower  than its pointed leaf cousins. 

Sow seeds into fine seeding soil in tray, prick out and pot on to establish. Pluck out center leaves to encouraging bushing. Plant out after the last frost. 

Best planted in a sheltered area, in full to partial sun. Takes 6 to 8 weeks to hit first maturity marker

Enjoys good quality nitrogen rich compost and is a heavy drinker. Water well. 

Just as blooms are beginning to show ( green flower spikes from central stem ) harvest the branches leaving 6-8 cms of stem. This will encourage the second harvest to come back thicker. 

Harvest should always be completed before blooms are beginning to set to achieve best pigment.

Harvesting after plant is blooming will alter the indigo quantity and quality.

Seeds per packet 30

Grown & harvested in Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK