Queensland Arrowroot Canna Indica Lily Seeds

Queensland Arrowroot Canna Indica Lily Seeds

Packet of 15+ seeds from this multipurpose crop!

Known by a heap of different names, here are just a few. Edible canna, Queensland arrow, Canna edulis, Bermuda arrowroot, achira, achera, araruta, chokwo, maranta starch, dong riengganyong, sakhu chin, zembu, maraca, Canna coccinea, Canna compacta, Canna discolor, Canna patens, Canna speciosa, Canna indica var. indica, Canna indica var. flava, Canna lutea, Canna indica var. maculata, Canna indica var. sanctae rosea along with several others.

The leaves are a great mulch, and they also make a very productive supplementary fodder crop. ~10% protein from memory, but very fibrous.

Our guinea pigs like them, the chooks have a bit of a peck at them, and apparently they can be fed to goats, donkeys, cows and pigs.

I harvest the roots and extract the starch and throw big bunches of leaves in with the critters, whatever doesn’t get eaten by them gets used as nesting material, and in a month or so I mix it all up with the other bedding and use it on the garden. Great stuff!

You can dig them anytime you want, but the best time for using the roots and tubers as a vegetable is about 6-9months from germination. Just peel them, slice thinly and fry them up like a spud or sweet potato. Not bad at all.

No gluten too, which is very important to some folks.

The larger more fibrous roots are still really useful, especially handy if you are a bit of a Prepper. Just wack the roots through a hand mincer, food processor or blitz them with a wizz stick adding as much water as is practical. Leave the sludge to settle, pour off the floaties and the slightly bitter brown coloured water, leaving the starch behind.
Fill with water again, give it a quick stir, then leave it to settle again, then pour off the water. Eventually the water is clear and the bottom of the bucket is just pure white starch.

Pour it into a stainless steel, Pyrex or glass dish, evaporate the last bit of water, dry it really well, then scrape and rub it through a strainer. Can be stored in jars for years and even today there is a huge industry doing pretty much the same thing, just on a much larger scale.

Same sort of stuff as corn starch and wheaten starch, the main ingredient in everything that thickens. Custard powder, gravy mix, dehydrated mashed potatoes, all those ready made meal in a jar, maccarooni and cheese, alfredo, carbonara pasta sauces, curry mix where you “just add X and Y” then simmer 10-15mins. Everything uses it, as it adds mouth feel and texture to anything watery for bugger all cost to the manufacturer, and it helps combine, dissolve and hide fats and oils, stopping them splitting and floating to the top.

Everything tastes better, feels heartier, fills you up more, with a little starch added.
Even the humble Aussie “Arrowroot biscuit” has a little Canna in it, and back in the days before the massive industrialisation of cereals, it was the main ingredient.

You can use it on its own too, tortillas, pancakes, “rice” or glass noodles, vermicelli, wonton wrappers, fermentation for ethanol production, pretty much anything really?

Easy to grow, easiest way is just rub one side of the seed on a file, or just on the concrete like I do until it gets a bit roughed up in one spot.
Just want to remove a millimeter of that hard shell and let the water it. Soak it in water overnight then plant 2cm deep in nice moist soil. Should be up in a couple weeks in warm weather.

You can plant them as is, and they will definitely still grow unscarified, but the seed coat is super hard, like a ball bearing, and it could take months to sprout.

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

Job’s Tears Coix Lacryma Jobi Seeds

Job’s Tears Coix Lacryma Jobi Seeds

Packet of 10+ seeds from this very unusual medicinal plant!

Traditionally this versatile plant has three main uses. The first is as a bead, the second as a food, and the third as a medicine, particularly as a cancer treatment.

Let’s start with the bead. It is used as rosary beads all around the world, even today.

Like many hard seeds, it has a long history of decorative use, but unlike every single other one, this fella comes pre-drilled ready to thread.

All the others need to be drilled, traditionally taking hours, days or weeks, but these seeds are actually a hollow bead shaped pod, and the “seed” is hiding in this shell.

They come in a few different natural colours, mostly black or dark purple, some grey, some white and a few a splotchy or striped combinations of all. They can be dyed, painted and polished and look really cool as is I reckon. Just pull them from the plant and thread them on a string.

Alrighty, that’s the ornamental, on to the edible.

Used as a staple food crop throughout Asia, particularly China, Korea and Japan.

Often called Chinese pearl barley, Adlay, Ma Yuen, St Mary’s tears, Yiren, Yimi, David’s tears, Saint Mary’s tears, Lacryma Christi, Christ’s tears, Tear drops or Coix Barley, it is used as a flour for baking breads deserts pastries, for making tea, or roasted in coffee like drinks and as a grain for making a heavenly broth, soups, stews, noodle and bean dishes.

They need to be simmered for a long time to be eaten whole, or cracked and husked first.

Most recipes call for cooking them whole for ages to flavour and thicken the broth, then remove the hard seeds and adding a small amount of vegetables, noodles or meat at the end. It is very nutritious and absolutely delicious, and the cooked seed contains an amazing 52% starch, 18% protein, 7% fat, which is much higher than rice and many other staple grains.

Alrighty, on to medicinal, and this is where it gets really interesting!

The Chinese have used it as a treatment for stroke, as a beauty tonic, particularly for women, and as a cancer treatment for ages, and now that long history of use is being taken seriously by big Pharma with several products being based solely on extractions of this amazing plant.

Way back in the 1950 a search for hidden active ingredients began. Initially it looked pretty standard for a grain crop. Lots of starchs and sugars, protein, amino acids, small amounts of several vitamins and minerals, nothing unexpected. This led researchers to focus solely on the oil part, which makes up ~6% of the dried seeds.

Hidden within this oil were the chemical components Coixol and Coixenolide!

An extract of the oil of coix has been developed and is being marketed in USA and China as an injection for cancer treatment and if you search the name Kanglaite there is lots of information out there regarding its potential.

Studies were done during the 90’s in China where it was used as a treatment for liver and lung cancer cases.
It has also been used along with standard anticancer protocols in an attempt to improve outcomes with some success. Other substances, such as polysaccharides, called coixans, have also been isolated from the coix seeds and are being investigated for potential medicinal use, such as possible hypoglycemic effects

Research suggests that Coixol is responsible for strong antispasmodic action, perhaps explaining the traditional use in treating spasmodic conditions, while coixenolide, which makes up less than 0.25% of the seed, is being looked into for its potential anti-neoplastic activity .

Coixol has also been shown to be an anti-inflammatory as well and animal studies suggest daily consumption of 30 grams or more of cooked coix seed over an extended period of time could provide many health benefits.
There you have it, pretty beads, great for a feed, and a potential cure all for whatever ails you.

Weediness.
While not classed as a prohibited or noxious weed in any state or territory in Australia, I have been informed that it has been a bit of a weed problem in Kyogle and Terania Creek in Northern NSW.

Please check with your local council regs before buying this species as it may be permitted on a state level, but prohibited to actually grow on a local council level.
It isn’t yet at the time of writing, but it may well be be later on down the track.
While it has not been observed to be spread by wildlife, the plant has been shown to spread quite well by the hard shelled seeds floating down stream, and with this dispersal method it has taken over the river bank in places.

For me here in sunny QLD it has never been an issue and I did not even believe that it could be weedy based on my own experiences. Without a regular water it dies here, and without protection the roos and wallabies eat it roots and all every time.
Just seemed like nonsense to me, and I didn’t take the comment seriously, but I now stand corrected.
In cooler moister climates make sure you keep an eye on it and definitely keep it away from river and creek banks.
Pots and garden beds only folks.

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

Acoris Calamus Americanus American Sweet Flag Seeds

Acoris Calamus Americanus American Sweet Flag Seeds

Packet of 50+ freshly harvested seeds!

There are a couple plants that share the name Acoris Calamus.

The first is a diploid form(that’s this fella), there is also an infertile triploid form(no seeds), and a tetraploid. The triploid form, the one most often sold dried and the internet tells me it is a hybrid form from India.

They all contain interesting chemical components with everything except this variety being potentially poisonous and carcenogenic, especially in high doses.

All forms are most commonly called Calamus or Sweet Flag, but other common names include beewort, bitter pepper root, calamus root, flag root, gladdon, myrtle flag, myrtle grass, myrtle root, myrtle sedge, pine root, rat root, sea sedge, sweet cane, sweet cinnamon, sweet grass, sweet myrtle, sweet root, sweet rush, sweet sedge, shoubu, vasa bach, vekhand, vashambu, vasa, baje, vacha, bacch, bajai, gora-bach, vayambu, bhutanashini, jatila, and bojho in Nepal.

Lots of names as there are lots of traditional uses, in lots of different places all around the world.

In Ayurveda it is highly valued as a rejuvenator for the brain and nervous system and as a remedy for digestive disorders.

The root is anodyne, aphrodisiac, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hypotensive, sedative, stimulant(the leaf), stomachic, mildly tonic and vermifuge.

It is used internally in the treatment of digestive complaints, bronchitis, sinusitis etc. It is said to have wonderfully tonic powers of stimulating and normalizing the appetite. In small doses it reduces stomach acidity whilst larger doses increase stomach secretions and it is, therefore, recommended in the treatment of anorexia nervosa.

However if the dose is too large it will cause nausea and vomiting.

Sweet flag is also used externally to treat skin eruptions, rheumatic pains and neuralgia. An infusion of the root can bring about an abortion whilst chewing the root alleviates toothache.

It is a folk remedy for arthritis, cancer, convulsions, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, epilepsy and apparently chewing large amounts of the rootstock of this plant can cause visual hallucinations…

Super easy to grow but very very slow to get started, especially when it is cold.

What I do is using kiddies ponds, I place pots full of nice loose soil in them so the water comes up halfway up the sides of the pot. You need really soggy soil and constant water.

You can use a bucket or an icecream container the same way, but you will have to change the water every now and then as the water can sour if is not a large enough volume or there is a high amount of organic matter or fertilisers in it.

Anyway, large pot(or a few small ones) of nice loose sandy soil sitting in water a couple inches deep, flatten down the soil surface, then sprinkle seeds ontop, then rough up the first 5-10mm of soil to mix the seeds evenly into just the surface, then water in with a watering can.

If you have floating waterplants like Wolffia, Azolla or Lemna chucking a little of that on top helps maintain water in the surface of the soil.

What you do next is wish them well, walk away, and promptly forget about them. Well that’s what I do.

Several months later you should see little shoots like in the picture. When each V has turned into a W and has three or more leaves they are ready to divide.

It is a slow long term project, in the past it took anywhere from a fortnight to 5months, but once you have a few established they can be easily propagated by pieces of root as well.

Great plant for swampy areas, next to a tap or water tank, in fish ponds and water features.

Provides habitat for frogs, spawning ground for fish and holds the soil together slowing erosion.

The leaves can be cut and harvested for weaving or making smudge sticks, they release a cool aroma when crushed or walked on, and look really cool.

There you have it, another useful ethnobotanical semi-aquatic plants.

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

NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to try and buy anyway, this item will not be sent. 🙂

True Bitter Dream Herb Calea Zacatechichi Ternifolia Seeds

True Bitter Dream Herb Calea Zacatechichi Ternifolia Seeds

Packet of 50+ home grown, organic seeds!

This is the true “Bitter” variety of this world famous ethnobotanical herb.

It has a smaller overall leaf length, its serrations or teeth are deeper, it has a much harder, woodier stem, and smaller pale yellow, not blue flower bud, and much shorter seed length than the myriad of substitutions floating about.

There is confusion, particularly in UK and the USA, where the so called “non-bitter” form (which is actually is often Chromolaena odorata or “Siam Weed”) is sold as the bitter form, often complete with incorrect pictures…

This is the real deal folks, freshly harvested from my own organically grown plants.

Not to say there is anything in particular wrong with the “non-bitter” form, just be aware it is a mildly toxic plant, it has no history of use as a dream enhancing herb, and is a 100% prohibited entry to Australia as a declared noxious weed…
If you only want the real deal bitter dream herb, the one that is not a weed, the one with the lengthy history of ethnobotanical use, the one that is correctly identified, then make sure it looks like my pics.

Wikipedia says>>>

In Mexico the plant is used as an herbal remedy for dysentery and fever. The Zoque Popoluca people call the plant tam huñi (“bitter gum”) and use it to treat diarrhea and asthma, and the Mixe people know it as poop taam ujts (“white bitter herb”) and use it for stomachache and fever. The Chontal people of Oaxaca reportedly use the plant, known locally as thle-pela-kano, during divination. Isolated reports describe rituals that involve smoking a plant believed to be this species, drinking it as a tea, and placing it under a pillow to induce divinatory dreams. Zacatechichi, the former species name, is a Nahuatl word meaning “bitter grass”. Users take the plant to help them remember their dreams; side effects include hallucinations, nausea, and vomiting.”

Alrighty, on to propagating Calea Zacatechichi.

Growing dream herb is notoriously hard, even with very fresh seeds (although that does help a lot). For this reason, you really have to be realistic and understand that Calea is a difficult plant to germinate, the hardest to start of all the Dream Herb‘s and despite your best efforts, and my super fresh seeds, you just may not have success…

If you do get a good strike it will be in the 10-50% range. It will not be 100%, it won’t even be 60% most of the time.

No idea why, just the nature of the beast. Accept it, cross your fingers, do your best, and if you don’t have any luck then sorry folks, them’s the breaks.

It took me a while to get a decent size collection, and not everything grew the first time I tried. Calea is difficult and unpredictable in my experience, take that into account before considering purchasing.

The other thing to remember with Calea is that once you have one plant, they propagate by cuttings super easily, so 12months later you will have heaps.

All you need is just one or two little fellas to get you started.

If you need more data, just Google Calea zacatechichi (the old botanical name), Calea ternifolia (the new botanical name), Dream Herb, or Lucid Dreaming herb.

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

 

Red Kamala Dye Mallotus Philippensis Seeds

Red Kamala Dye Mallotus Philippensis Seeds

Packet of 100+ seeds fresh seeds from this seasons harvest!
These seeds are also best planted as soon as they arrive.

I will say right here at the top, of all the ways I have tried growing this plant the very best germination rate I have had is about 90% with an average 70% most of the time.

Expect anywhere from 0-100 plants from every packet of these seeds.
That’s right, maybe none, nothing, ZERO, not even one.
This fella is a gamble!

While with me this species germinates easily and consistently here now(keep reading), for other folks germination rates are really erratic.
It has a bit of a reputation among the revegetation community as being tricky and needing to be 100% super fresh.

Half a dozen years ago I decided to get to the bottom of this so I had a huge giveaway and got everyone that received a free packet of seeds from us, to let me know what they did, and what worked best for them.

I gave away ~120 packets of seeds to folks all over the world in a huge range of climates, and I had about 70 responses from folks that had success.
The weird thing that I noticed was that some had great success doing weird things that to my mind shouldn’t work.
There were folks using GA3 at near lethal rates, some cold storing the seeds or stratifying them, some germinating in water, or weak tea only, all sorts of randomness.
The total average germination was 25% within 6weeks.

But then I noticed a pattern!
The best germination, came from specific trees, regardless of treatment and conditions!!!
For 2years I kinda proved it to be fact in huge side by side trials and I was super excited about my results.

Then in the third year we had a heap of isolated rain, the results switched and I had to go back to the drawing board..

I did, it’s been a few more years, and now I have the answer.
Some trees are less protected from the sun.

As more exposed to the sun the moisture content of the pods is lower and they open quicker and more evenly, all at once.
Traditionally the pods are picked by revegetation workers when only a small % has opened so that most of the harvest is not lost.
Once opened they only hang on the pods for 1-5days before the wind and birds dislodge them so it is always a bit of a rush.
Unfortunately based on my very extensive testing this is the reason for low germination.
You MUST wait until 20% has already fallen and 70% has opened, with only a very small number still closed, and you must sort harshly, dumping all immature or light seeds.(floating doesn’t work with this species, due to the waxes and oils).
Just like soil from around the mother plants being no good for germinating the seeds(0-5%), I strongly believe that immature seeds and pods restrict the germination of nearby ripe ones, and that is something I will be testing over the next couple years.
It must be an oil, gas or chemical signal telling them not to germinate as when immature seeds are left near ripe ones I see a measurable decline(only based on a couple years observation, trials to come).

Anyway, this harsh sorting means you get far less seeds, BUT a much much higher germination rate.
I’m averaging 70% for a few years now, from several different areas.

I check the trees every few days/daily and pick only the ripe pods.
I dry them one day only, then sieve them.
I then winnow and sort the seeds allowing another 50% of the seeds to be dumped as waste while winnowing.
This ensures only the heavy fully ripe seeds remain.
Then I pack them, and with this strict processing I am getting 70% germination consistently, from all areas, even when stored for a few months before planting.(I still highly recommend planting fresh, but the trials over the last couple years suggest it isn’t as essential as other folks say).

There you go, with my seeds I reckon you have the very best odds you are gonna get, but please still consider it a gamble!
The seeds are as fresh as they come, and I have only selected the heavy perfectly ripe ones, and if surface sowing in a nice sandy soil mix I can’t see how you can go wrong?

That said you still might strike out so please don’t be surprised, or disillusioned.
When I say “70% germination” the trials generally go like this.
90%, 80%, 80%, 90%, 80%, 70%, 85%, and once a blue moon 0%.
The 0% germination still being a thing, and it drops the statistics to ~70% overall.

My standard potting mix I use for everything here including these guys.

Why grow it anyway?
It is a great revegetation plant, a highly sought after native that provides habitat and shelter to all sorts of critters, and it produces a really cool, waxy red dye.
The pods are really ornamental and get covered in this dusty red powder dye that won’t dissolve in cold water as it’s kinda waxy, but in hot water or with the addition of acids or alcohol it dissolves completely.

Looks great as a pruned hedge, drought tolerant, resistant to most insects and diseases.
that can be dissolved in a heap of different ways.

It apparently contains the chemical Rottlerin, a couple yellow and red coloured resins, waxes, tannic acid, gums, and several volatile oils.
Traditionally “Red Kamala dye” is made from the odorless, tasteless powdery coating, which is in turn made from tiny little oil glands and hairs that fall of when rubbed or shaken.
Native plant to Australia, as well as India, Malay Archipelago, Orissa, Bengal, Bombay, Abyssinia, Southern Arabia, China and a couple of other spots around Asia, as it will grow just about anywhere.

Called all sorts of things including Chenkolli, Kapila, Kuramaddaku, Kurangumanjal, Manjanampottu, Noorimaram, Ponoo, Ponnakam, Shenkolli, Sindooram, Thavatta, Monkey face tree, or as most folks in Australia know it, the Red Kamala tree.

Normally the red powder is brushed off and collected when the fruit is ripe and beginning to open.
Keep away from flames or sparks as its a bit explosively flammable, goes up like a dust explosion or silo fire…
The dye itself can be chemically extracted and dissolved by alcohol or solvents, or even just boiling in carbonate of soda resulting in a very durable red dye.
I used to be one of the main dyes for silk, but cheaper synthetics have taken over the market these days.
The red powder is also used in India to treat many ailments, especially skin conditions and the outer covering of the fruit is dried and powdered for the expulsion of tapeworms.
Roots, stems and leaves are reported to contain prussic acid and have shown to be effective in the treatment in some tumours.

The seeds themselves contain a large % of oils and fats which are used as tung oil in fast drying paint, lacquer and varnishes. I used it on my axe handle and it really seems to preserve the timber and darken up the colour a lot.

High in sapanoids the whole plant makes an effective fish poison in a pinch.
I havew used it in a stock watering hole to kill the pest fish gambusia and it had no effect on the cattle and when I went back the next year there were frogs everywhere!

That’s about it folks, and let me just say one last time so that there can be no confusion at all, NO guarantees with this fella, but please feel free to have a punt!
Sustainably harvested by me and the Mrs, no chems, no nasties no problems!!!

 

 

Brahmi Memory Herb Plant Cuttings Bacopa Monnieri

Brahmi Memory Herb Plant Cuttings Bacopa Monnieri

Brahmi Memory Herb Plant Cuttings Bacopa Monnieri

One small handful of rooted cuttings, about an ounce or 28grams, ready to plant on arrival at your place!

I will send them nice and moist, with a little paper towel, inside a large baggie, inside a large bubble mailer, sent standard post.
This method of postage has worked great in the past and I have successfully sent to USA, UK, Iraq, Malaysia, Poland, Japan and a dozen other countries I can’t think of at the moment, sometimes taking nine weeks or more for arrival! This stuff is super hardy.

Please note, if delivery takes more than a couple weeks it will stink once opened up on arrival due to gas build up. This is normal and to be expected. Remember that slimy lettuce at the back of the fridge you forgot about…
Same deal with this fella.
Just wash it well, removing the dead or rotten bits, and plant it as per normal.
You shouldn’t have any dramas.

Grow it in a pot as per any other plant, on arrival just shove it into potting mix or even better some nice soil, and keep it really moist.

I used to grow it in pots sitting in dishes of water, then later on I started using larger pots sitting in the “kiddies pools” that I grow the “Floating waterweeds” in.

Just recently I came up with the idea of using polystyrene boxes of soil sitting on an old wooden pallet. The pallet has a couple drums strapped to it and the raft floats in the dam for the ducks to nest on.
Works great, and means I never have to water it, and the kangaroos and bettongs can’t eat it! The raft is on a rope so I just pull it in to harvest or see what the ducks are up to.

I highly recommend it, and will be trialing a few water plants this way in the coming year.

Anyway, on to the plant. It is really worth having with over 3000years of traditional usage in India as a memory enhancing herb and mild kidney tonic.

Also has historical use in a number of other countries as a treatment for bronchitis, coughs, asthma, arthritis, allergies, rheumatism, inflammatory conditions, fluid retention, backache, chronic skin conditions, high cholesterol levels, constipation, hair loss, boils, ulcers, fevers, digestive problems, epileptic fits, depression including post natal depression, diarrhea, impotence, premature ejaculation, irritable bowel syndrome, frigidity, irregular menstruation, mental and physical fatigue, exhaustion, restlessness, insomnia and over active mind, mental deterioration of the elderly, forgetfulness, confused and cloudy thoughts, anxiety, ADD, stress, hysteria, nervous breakdown, insanity and to improve circulation, strengthen capillaries and stimulate hair, skin and nail growth.

That’s quite a list!

Also highly valued by students worldwide, especially in the last few years with the boom in “Nootropics” for improving mental clarity, confidence, intelligence, concentration and memory recall.

Literally hundreds of Brahmi based herbal supplements and tablets have been marketed for super learning, for memory and as a brain tonic.

Two independent naturally forming chemicals have been isolated from the FRESH herb (note I said fresh, the data on dried powdered or processed in not conclusive in my humble opinion….)

The first is “Bacoside A” which assists in the release of nitric oxide allowing relaxation of the aorta and veins and blood to flow more smoothly through the body and aids circulation.

The second is “Bacoside B”. It is a very high protein herb, valued for nourishing nerve cells in the brain.

There is also the very high levels of “Nitric Oxide” which was called the “Marvel of the decade in May 1996 by the Royal Society of British Science!

They explained in great detail that the nitric oxide in Brahmi has an extremely positive effect on learning and memory recall, as well as on blood circulation and the function of the liver, lungs and kidneys.

Research is also being done on the use of nitric oxide to treat stroke and Alzheimer’s sufferers!

In 1998 the Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded to three pharmacologists for their discovery that nitric oxide, in its natural form (not that powdered rubbish in the pills!), has powerful potential as a messenger molecule in the body.

Another recent scientific study showed that Brahmi has very potent antioxidant properties, which is why it was also revered in India for strengthening the immune system, improving vitality and performance and promoting longevity. The task of antioxidants in the body is to mop up free radical molecules. A free radical is an unstable chemical fragment, which can cause havoc by damaging DNA, corroding cell membranes and destroying cells.

For all these reasons, Brahmi can help support and improve all aspects of mental function, including comprehension, memory and ready recall, by enhancing the crucial co-ordination of these three aspects of mental function.

Now while I am making NO CLAIMS about its effectiveness with you, its proven health benefits in GENERAL, are quite astounding…..

Awesome stuff, easy to grow, tastes great, and is super healthy as well!

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

NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to try and buy anyway, this item will not be sent. 🙂