WOAD TEWKESBURY ~ grown to organic standards by us (not yet organically certified)
Growing dye plants gives you a feeling of connection to nature, that is unique and I am delighted that you are thinking of taking that step. There can never be enough growers on our Earth and I do believe that growing your own colour adds yet another dimension to gardening and the plant world as a whole. If you can keep it organic, do, the colours are richer and the flora and fauna will thank you for it, as do we. Enjoy!
Woad Tewkesbury is well known for creating the best and strongest blue to date. First discovered in the hills near Tewkesbury, UK by Dr. Hill as a child, this variety of Woad is truly famous. One of my favourites!
Woad has been used for centuries to obtain a blue dye. An attractive plant with 1m high stems, long succulent leaves, which shine like stained glass, with inner blue; foamy clusters and brilliant yellow flowers.
Woad is a biannual plant and the leaves are used for dyeing in the first year. Once the flowers have formed in the second year, the leaves only obtain very little dye and the second year is therefore only used for seed collection.
Sow: In Spring, late February to March in trays
Harvest: Leaves first year from early June
There is a Woad Group on Facebook if you like to have support and share your experiences, feel free to join :) The Woad Project | Facebook
So, what do you get in a pack of Woad Seeds?
Over 50 seeds in a package
Grown in Whitegate, Co. Clare, Ireland - fully traceable
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