- Natural herb against "doll-making spirits" (Paracelsus)
- Fresh seeds from recent harvest
- 300 seeds per packet
- With detailed instructions for successful potting
- St. John?s Wort is native in Europe, western Asia and North Africa and grows in low and mean altitudes.
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SAFLAX Gift Set - St. John's Wort - Hypericum perforatum - 300 seeds - With gift box, card, label and potting substrate
Natural herb against "doll-making spirits" (Paracelsus)
Mail a growing gift to a friend. Coming with the seeds you chose, a little box (17 x 12 x 2 cm) ready to mail, sticker to label the box, greeting card for your personal notes and germfree and permeable potting substrate based on coconut fiber (dried block) in a stand-up bag. This way your friend will be ready to start right away when your gift arrives.
St. John?s Wort is used to ease menstrual cycle problems since ancient times. In the 16th century, the physician Paracelsus described the medicinal plant as herb against doll-making spirits. Today, St. John?s Wort is one of the most often prescribed mild antidepressants. The plant develops elongated, oval-shaped leafage with oil glands and grows 50 to 100 cm tall, while the roots reach up to half a meter deep into the earth. The leaves appear sheer dotted due to the oil cells embedded in the leaf tissue. From June until September, starting after the summer solstice, the plant produces blossoms with panicle-like inflorescences and five golden yellow-coloured crown leaves. If you grind the flowers or buds in your hand, your fingers will become red. Active agents: Basically responsible for the effects of the St. John?s Wort is the chemical hyperforin. Tincture: St. John?s Wort is given in a bottle and filled up with corn schnapps. After two weeks simmering, a teaspoonful can be taken in, but not more than three times a day. Oil: Fill a wide-necked bottle with flowers and buds of the herb and douse it with quality cold-pressed olive oil (the flowers should be able to float) and let it simmer for six to eight weeks. Store the oil cool and dry. Tea: Douse one or two heaped teaspoonsful of flowers and leaves with a big cup (250 ml) of hot boiling water and let it simmer under a cover for about 10 minutes. Don't drink more than two or three cups throughout a day.
Natural Location: St. John?s Wort is native in Europe, western Asia and North Africa and grows in low and mean altitudes.
Cultivation: The St. John?s Wort is a cold and light germinator. Outdoors, you can plant the seeds preferably in late October or in February. Seed propagation indoors, however, is possible throughout the year. You should initially keep the seeds in the refrigerator for about six weeks to increase the germinability through stratification, and place them afterwards in a bowl with lukewarm water overnight for priming. Then, spread the seeds onto moist potting compost and put only very little compost earth on top. Cover the seed container with clear film to prevent the earth from drying out, but don't forget to make some holes in the clear film and take it every second or third day completely off for about 2 hours. That way you avoid mold formation on your potting compost. Place the seed container somewhere bright and warm with a temperature between 20° C and 25° Celsius and keep the earth moist, but not wet.
Place: St. John?s Wort prefers meagre, humous soil in a sunny location.
Care: The buds, flowers and shoot tips of this decorative shrub plant, are best harvested during blossoming, and then dried in the shade.
During Winter: St. John?s Wort hibernates with a widely ramified rootstock that sprouts anew in spring. Special protection during the winter is not necessary.
Bonsai ability: No
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