Volunteer Indigo

25 Aug

Out inspecting the indigo status in my gardens. Marveling at the huge volunteer Indigo Suffrucitosa outside my dye patio that has defied the deer. I think I better trim it before Harvey's wind & rains arrive.

12 Responses to “Volunteer Indigo”

  1. Sue August 25, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    I hope you are not too badly blasted.


    • debmcclintock August 25, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

      Thanks, we are under a flood watch but most of the bad rain/wind will be to our southeast. Unless Harvey shifts west…we want to be on the west side. East of a hurricane is bad…


  2. Lynn August 25, 2017 at 4:32 pm #

    Do you harvest and use the trimmings? Would like to try growing this as probably does better in so cal then Japanese Indigo. Saw this person doing design, growing and also using local ‘weeds’ and trimmings for dying. https://www.instagram.com/yesgraham/


    • debmcclintock August 25, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

      Oooo thanks for link. And yes, this plant will be trimmed this month for fructose method indigo use..


  3. digitalgardener August 26, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

    What a beautiful specimen! Hope your weather isn’t too bad over the next few days.


  4. Sue August 26, 2017 at 2:12 pm #

    Post how you process this. I tried a little last year with no results. It was too small an amount. I have 5 good plants going this year, not s big as yours! They are from your seed, by the way.


  5. Sue August 31, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    My plants are a year old, and about 5 feet tall. How much should they be cut back in the fall? One is just starting to flower. Maybe post a pic of how you trimmed yours?


    • debmcclintock August 31, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

      I will post a pic once I trim them. My husband likes me to leave some of the branches for birds in the winter and for early hummingbirds in the spring. The next year leaves do sprout from the branches and new growth comes out from the base. During harvest time I trim back branches to redistribute weight to protect from winter winds and to make it easier to reach in and trim other branches. In the new growth year I do cut everything back to about 3-4 ft off the ground depending on where leaves are sprouting.


  6. Sue September 30, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

    Can suffrucitosa trimmings be dried for later dyeing?


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