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Cotton Levant Gossypium Herbaceum Seeds
Packet of 10+ seeds still in its protective layer of soft white NonGM Cotton!
This is the stuff used for everything, even in today’s modern plastic obsessed era.
It is in your tshirt, couch, jeans, books, coffee filters, cigarettes(some paper and filters), its used to make fishing nets, explosives, stock feed, cooking oil, cosmetics, and even in some mainstream medicines.
The root bark in very large amounts was even used historically by African-American slaves to cause abortion.
This was due to the naturally occurring insect repellent chemical “Gossypol” which is in high amounts in the roots.
It’s very versatile stuff!
Unfortunately, the majority of cotton in today’s world market is Genetically modified.
For every 1 bale of organically grown cotton world wide, there are another 94.5 bales that are Genetically modified. Here in Australia we are in the top 5 GM cotton producers world wide. Around 95% of all Aussie cotton grown is GM.
None of my stuff including this cotton is Genetically modified, and I will fight tooth and nail to ensure it never will be!!!
Wikipedia says Gossypium herbaceum, also called Levant cotton, is a species of cotton native to the semi-arid regions of Sub-Saharan desert and Arabian where it still grows in the wild as a perennial shrub. It was first cultivated in Western Sudan from there it spread to India, before being introduced to Egypt. It reached China in the 700 AD and was first cultivated from this period. A legend was perpetuated from a factual description of this plant by Greek historian Herodotus in the 5th century BC. Although his book, simply titled “Histories”, was an account of a war between the Persian Empire and the Greek city states. It also contained descriptions of vast lands beyond the boundaries of the world known by the Greeks at that time. He wrote: “certain trees…bear forth their fruit fleeces surpassing those of sheep in beauty and excellence, and the natives clothe themselves in cloths made therefrom.” From this description came the legend of the “vegetable lamb plant” which was said to be a real sheep. The tree would grow from a melon-like seed and grow into a lamb rooted to the earth by a stem from its navel. It was said to graze on the surrounding vegetation until the all greenery around it was devoured at which point it would wither and die. A 14th-century traveler by the name of Sir John Mandeville, professed to eating the flesh of this herbal beast. Although scientist tried to debunk this tale it was not officially labeled as a fable until 1887.”
Very cool plant, really white fluffy cotton and lots of it, just like “cotton balls” at the supermarket.
Twist it around a toothpick sized stick for making “cotton buds”, or use it as is for absorbent bandages. Can be used for spinning and making cloth like in the old days too. Great for craft projects with the kids and a super easy plant to grow.
Just remove the seeds from the fiber as best you can and stick them in some nice soil about 2cm deep. That’s it!
The cool pink and yellow flowers start in a few months time and you should be picking some of your own Non-Genetically Modified home grown cotton in around 5-6months time!
Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!