Frequently asked Questions
Q1.It helps the customer and saves you time/typing. That said...er...I 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,
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.