Maruba, Tade Ai Persicaria Tinctoria Round leaf Pink Flower Indigo
"Maruba" in Japanese language, literally means round leaf indigo, another of the original Japanese indigo varieties, hailing from China, and grown in Tokushima, 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.
Leaves are well rounded and in some cases cupped, spires of pink blooms, set later in the season.
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 grow 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