|Average Seed / oz||Seed / 100′ Row||Average Yield / 100′ Row||Days to Harvest|
|Planting Season||Ideal Soil Temp||Sun||Frost Tolerance|
|Spring/Fall||65-80°F||Partial Sun||Frost Sensitive|
|Sowing Method||Seed Depth||Direct Seed Spacing||Seeds Per Packet|
|Mature Spacing||Days to Sprout||Production Cycle||Seed Viability|
Nettle is a hardy perennial (Zone 5-9) that prefers full sun-shade and moist soil high in organic matter.
For best germination, expose seeds to cool, moist conditions (stratification) for several weeks before sowing in spring. The refrigerator works well for stratification. Or, direct sow seed outdoors in fall and seeds will germinate the following spring. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 65-80°F. Sow seeds 4-6” apart on the soil surface and press lightly to settle. Seeds will germinate in 10-14 days. Thin so that mature plants are 36-42" apart.
Wear thick gloves during harvest and preparation to avoid being exposed to stinging hairs. Cooked or dried leaves will not sting. Harvest above ground parts anytime, except when plant is flowering. Use leaves fresh or dried in dishes, as you would other greens, or in tinctures, ointments, etc.