From many conversations with other sufferers, I have concluded that only foolish behaviour concerning the use of the herb has resulted in unwanted effects.
Generally, once someone decides to begin to use the herb, it is impatience and a frantic desire to cure everything at once that is the stumbling block.
If you can slow down your enthusiasm and carefully treat one BCC at a time, cleanly and sensibly, it will be effective and safe.


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Once you are confident that you have the genuine herb, it is straightforward to grow and use.

Contrary to much published information, Radium weed will grow in full sun as well as part shade.

A shady area will produce a taller plant with softer branch tissue and a deeper green colour.

Full sun produces a sturdier plant, lighter in colour, often shorter and higher in sap content.

In most temperate climates it will grow throughout the year but does best in full summer if it is watered often.



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The seed is best sown into loosly raked soil, covered lightly and then just left to germinate in it's own time.
The plant reaches full maturity in 3 months, so buying a potted plant is not the best alternative as often it will be 'past' it's best time.

Always allow some plants to remain untouched to ensure that self seeding can occur.


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The root system is fine and dense but not deep, so water frequently but not heavily.
Remember that the plants are always happier without too much attention.In temperate climates, the plant will happily grow during all seasons, but in areas where cold winters and snow are common it can be grown under lights, indoors.It will need at least 8 - 10 hours of light per day or it will become thin and 'leggy' thus producing too few branches to be of any great use.

Water well and often but allow the pot to drain well. They are not 'bog plants'.Radium weed thrives in slightly to very alkaline soil, and the sandier the better.It does not need fertilizer but the ocassional seaweed emulsion will keep it happy.As a weed, it enhances the soil, rather than consume as do most agri-crops.Do not mulch the plant as this will cause weak stems and make it struggle. Never be afraid to use companion plants. We do, to enhance the seed crop.

All information is not Equal

We often receive emails from gardeners who are unsure of the plants that they have in their gardens.
We cannot stress too strongly that correct identification of ANY herb that you are about to use on your body, is essential.
Contrary to many marketing claims, 'natural' is not a guarantee of effective treatment. Naure is often helpful, but rarely harmless.

Frequently asked Questions

Q1.It helps the customer and saves you time/typing. That have yet another question, but it's something you may wish to add to your Info page (I rationalize that I'm actually "helping" you by asking...[cringe]). 
I assume nearly all buyers of Petty Spurge seeds plant them for medicinal purposes, and Petty Spurge is an annual with a limited life span. I want to stagger two plantings to ensure that mature plants are always available. Is that possible? I've been researching online, but still don't understand the life cycle of the plant. I need to know:
What is the expected life span of the plant?
A1. Typical lifespan depends heavily on how frequently the plant is harvested for sap. If left untouched, life span is usually 5-6 months. With frequent harvesting, lifespan can be increased by one month, (aprox) The plants begin to die when their seed crop is mature. So, best practice is keep one plant aside (not harvested for sap) always as your self seed producer.

Q2. Is the life span based on a particular growing season? Or is it a fixed number of months? I'll grow them in planters indoors during the winter, and also wheel them outdoors in temperate Spring, Summer and Fall. 
A2. Test the first lot of seed for germination time and allow one month between plantings.

Q3. In brief: If first planting is at September 1, when should second planting occur? Best regards and thanks, 
Tom Burgess
A3. The time from planting to germination will depend on day length, so indoors is anyone's guess initially. You can begin breaking small stems for sap when the plants are quite young (3 inches high), just don't snap the main stem, only branches, at any stage of the plants growth. I hope this helps.

So, second planting should occur on November 1 + germination period.

Q4. Hi - I got some petty spurge seeds from you and have had great success with them in a pot. Now that winter is approaching, in Idaho (USA) I wonder what I can do to get through the winter. Can I simply leave the pot out in the cold or should I bring it indoors and take it out for watering and sun on mild winter days? Hate to bother you but I can't get any answers here in Idaho. Many thanks, Den

A4. If bringing them in is convenient, then please do so as your chances of getting them to self seed are higher, the longer they live. We recommend always leaving one plant untouched, (if you can stop yourself) to allow for good seed formation. The seed will quite naturally fall and will germinate in the same pot easily, so that you always have a goodly supply of plants. We get frost in winter and the plants do survive, but it is safest not to risk it until you are confident that you have sufficient plants to fill your needs.


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