Ulam Raja Wild Edible Cosmos Caudatus Seeds

Ulam Raja Wild Edible Cosmos Caudatus Seeds

Packet of 25+ super freshly harvested, very rare seeds!

Alrighty folks, here it finally is, back by popular demand!
It took me a hell of a lot of work to track this one down a many of years ago now.
I even got scammed a couple times along the way, cost me a fortune.
Eventually I got it as barter with a customer of ours. Bloody legend he is, and it’s my favourite way to acquire new plants!

Anyway, long story short it was totally worth it!
Fantastic little plant that is really quite hardy.
It has survived all the dry times and even the crazy flooding a few years back.

A diet of Ulam Raja is shown to dramatically decrease rates of lung, thyroid, stomach cancer in rats, and is strongly suspected of the same in humans, hence the studies that are ongoing.
Regular consumption decreases diabetes, heart disease oral cavities and mouth ulcers.
It has been traditionally been used as a preventative measure against osteoporosis in menopausal women, along with decreasing other symptom’s, and science is just beginning to back up these claims with several studies in Malaysia and Singapore confirming this.

It’s great stuff and what makes it even better, is it tastes really good!!
Not overly bitter, as a lot of Medicinal herbs tend to be, just mild, crisp and leafy?
Crisp juicy and mild, texture of a parsley yet juicier, crisper.
Tastes like a mix of parsley, cos lettuce, celery, carrot and flowers I guess?

So hard to describe, but it’s really, really good, so good fresh in fact, I reckon it’s a waste to cook with it.
We mostly eat it fresh straight off the plants.

It’s something that we would eat, even if we didn’t know the extra health benefits associated with it.
Orange Cosmos is OK fresh, and loses its bitterness tasting a lot better when cooked, but this Ulam Raja Cosmos is really good fresh, cooked it’s just like any other Asian green, on par if not better.

Anyway, onto the important bit, so please take note of the following!!!
I have grown many many generations of it now, and a few other sellers are starting to harvest and sell it too, and although the strike is good, it can be a bit erratic. This everyone agrees on.
They grow easy, but are erratic.
Some plants take a couple months to come up, some take a week.
I have no idea why and I was quite surprised as most Cosmos germinates so quickly?
Could be PH, could be temperature, soil density, humidity, specific symbiotic bacteria and fungi needed to break down germination inhibitors, among a million other possibilities’.

I had seen no other people selling this plant in OZ, until quite recently (via my original seed) and data about growing it here in Australia was impossible to find!
So, I just wack the seeds in a pot, water and wait as I do with everything else we grow.
I plant the seeds ~1cm deep and horizontally, and I use my standard soil mix, nothing fancy.

Things might be better or with a more even germination time using other methods.
You may even get better growth rates, using different soils and temperature control, but whatever, what I do here works great for me!

They do grow, and I get heaps of plants, generally 40-90%, but like I say, germination times when grown like this can be very long compared to standard vegetables and herbs.
Average of about six weeks, but I have had it take anything from four days to seven months!!!
Older seeds (>12months. That’s “old seeds” for us.) have the same variability as younger ones?

I have not done any testing using GA3 or with Australian Native Germination Accelerator Smoke Treatment because I am a patient/lazy sort of dude, but if you do, I would love to hear about your results.

*EDIT* I have tested both and they both increase germination speed very reliably, but a lower % of plants germinate over all.
Instead of ~90% coming up over a week to a few months, you only get ~30%-70%% come up in 1-3weeks, then nothing after that.
I recommend patience with this guy, actually pretty much all species, but up to you, everyone has different goals and motivations.

It is all very confusing, but with a plant this cool I am very happy to be a little bit patient with her.
No rush, all’s good in the end.

Please don’t hassle me, if it’s not up in a week or two!
****You have been clearly warned about the slower and much more erratic germination times, and they are good fresh seeds.
Exactly the same seeds as the ones I grow, and if I couldn’t grow them, then I would have no spares to sell to you guys. Makes sense hey….

Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!


“NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.
If you decide to buy anyway, despite me politely asking you not to, I will NOT be sending this item and you will receive a substitution of my choosing. 🙂

 

Cosmos Sulphureus Tall Orange Flower Seeds

Cosmos Sulphureus Tall Orange Flower Seeds

Packet of 50+ large home grown seeds!

Plenty to get you started!
Really easy to grow, with no pests or diseases we have experienced.

Originally we just took a couple flowers home from a friend’s place and sprinkled it in the garden. Self-seeded with ease ever since.

It’s an edible and attractive flower that attracts the good bugs to your garden such as predators like praying mantis, assassin bugs, small spiders etc etc etc.

It also attracts the beneficial pollinators like native bees, bumble bees, butterflies, pumpkin beetle and lady bugs.

I really like it, and it’s a great choice to plant just after weeding a new garden bed. It grows better than most weeds so it crowds them out, giving the other useful plants a chance to compete, and is easier to “weed” than the real weeds. Just harvest the cosmos plant where you will plant the tomato plant in its place.

Very easy to transplant, it helps to crowd out the real weeds, it looks good, attracts the bees to pollinate your other edibles, and you can even eat it in a salad!!!

What more could you want from a plant?

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!

Candy Stripe Cosmos Bipinnatus Seeds

Candy Stripe Cosmos Bipinnatus Seeds

Packet of 50+ seeds of these little beauties, plenty to get you started!

Really easy to grow, no pests or diseases we have experienced apart from the roos having the odd nibble.

Best grown in Spring, Summer and Autumn, but we can stretch it out all through Winter too here!

Just start them in a warm spot then move them outside when they are an inch or so high.

Unlike the Orange Cosmos, which can get 2m+high, this variety of Cosmos flower stays a sensible knee to waist high. Even flowering and prolific over a very long time.

It self-seeds super easily too, so we like to spread them around in pumpkins and vines like in the picture. Looks much more civilized and massively increases the pollinating insects at the same time.

Great flower for adding instant colour to a bare patch in the garden and super easy to look after!

Huge variation in bloom too, from deep, dark reds, through to pale lilac, purple, pinks with the majority like the “Candy Striped” pattern. Always several interesting patterns all at once on the one plant!

I really like it, and it’s especially great to plant just after weeding a new garden bed. It grows much quicker than most weeds so it crowds them out, giving the other useful plants a chance to compete, and when the time comes it is easier to “weed” than the real weeds!

Very easy to transplant and if you sprinkle it around when you plant out your veggies, it will massively help with pollination of your other crops.

The native bees love it!

Grown organically by me and the Mrs, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!