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Establishing a Stinging Nettle Patch

 
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Hello folks, so I just harvested some nettles from the wild with a whole lotta seeds on them. I really want to establish a patch, but am unsure which direction to take: should I sow in the fall or should I sow in the spring? Or should I get nettle roots like that guy in this video?





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I've had great success with roots. (Ever since seeing Skeeter's videos I now say "ruts"!)

Put them in a couple different locations to let them decide where they like best. Be aware they may move themselves around. And boy, can those roots ever sting. When they come up, nip 'em back once in the first year, too much will discourage them, just enough will help them get established.

It's so heartening to hear they are appreciated. I peaked into an organic gardening forum once and saw a thread AGAINST them. tsk.

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toss the seed out in the fall, nettle will pop up when its best for nettle.
 
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sounds like a haiku hubert!

sow seeds in the fall
nettle will pop up when it
is best for nettle

and maybe I'll try a one two punch, bury some rut and throw some seed!
 
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don't bury the seed, they just need topsoil contact.
 
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Depending where you live I wouldn't worry too much about getting nettles started.  Whether transplanting roots, direct sowing, or starting in pots they seem to grow easily around here.  I planted out a couple so-so looking plants I started in pots into the garden and they've spread readily.

This picture is of a nettle patch I started from 1 flimsy looking seed-grown plant last summer.  Over winter the roots bulged viciously and turned into a multi-stemmed colony.
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I would like to grow a stinging nettle patch as well!  I didn't plant any this spring, because my dad swore he had tons of them grown in the back field, however I think what he has is thistle...=S
I do have a packet of nettle seeds...should I plant them now, in the fall, or next spring?  I live in about the middle/east part of Wisconsin. 
Thanks!!
I totally appreciate nettles...they make a great infusion and I can't wait to try them cooked and with butter! =P
 
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i would like to establish a nettle patch but don't have the seed..i have read that they do best where there is a lot of bird doo..which I have a lot of here !!
 
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brenda do you know of any local nettle patches?
 
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