Sold out for 2024
Ramps, sometimes known as wild leeks, are a truly ephemeral spring treat! This Appalachian native grows for just a few weeks in early spring, when its leaves and bulbs are some of the only fresh wild edibles available for harvest. Ramps' unique flavor falls somewhere between onion and garlic, and they are delicious when used similarly to onions in many recipes. A recent boom in popularity combined with a lack of responsible harvesting practices in some locations has endangered many wild populations of ramps. An ideal solution is to cultivate your own patch, if you are lucky enough to have the right conditions! Ramps are a wild, perennial, woodland species, so there are some special considerations when planting. These are not an easy garden crop, they are a long-term commitment, but so worth it if you can successfully establish a patch!
Ramps seeds have a short shelf life. Our seeds were harvested in the fall of 2023, and should be planted by the fall of 2024. They should be sown in rich, well-draining soil in a location that will get plenty of sun in spring, but has shade from a canopy of hardwood trees or a shade structure in the summer. Late summer to early fall is the best time to sow, to allow for some weeks of warm weather before frost. Sow thinly on the soil surface and lightly press the seeds into the soil, then cover with 1-2 inches of leaf mulch. Ramps seeds have a long dormancy period, and will germinate either the first or second spring after planting depending upon the weather. A patch can take 5-10 years to reach full maturity. During the long establishment period, it is best to keep your ramps patch protected by metal caging to prevent theft of seeds or bulbs by hungry rodents. Once established, a ramps patch can provide springtime delight for generations, if harvested responsibly. For more detailed information on successfully cultivating ramps, here is a great resource on ramps from the NC State Extension. You can also check out our blog post on ramps and the importance of growing them.
Please note: Because of very limited seed availability, and the short shelf life and extreme stratification requirements of ramps seeds, these seeds have not been germination tested, and are being sold as a "Botanical Sample." Each one-gram packet contains approximately 60 seeds.
SMALL FARM GROWN by Mountain Gardens, Burnsville, NC