Gasp…Japanese Indigo in mid-March in the Hill Country

24 Mar

Truly unusual, indigo in mid-March. When I left on my travels in mid-January I noticed that, for the first time my Japanese Indigo had sprouted on its own. In January. I figured it would freeze back, but come mid-February it had grown well and was holding it own. I left the country again thinking our late February or early March freezes would put it in its place.

Well, I am home now, my husband did defend the plants thru one deep freeze (serious husband points) and the indigo is thriving, even blooming. Normally this time of year I would be turning the soil, enriching it, placing the drip hose and eyeing the seeds figuring out when to start the seed packs.

So, now what do I do? Let it continue to grow till it hits a foot and harvest it? I am tempted to do a pigment extraction. I usually dry & hold. Suggestions are welcome.

This is truly a bonus crop from last year’s seeds left in place. We still have cricket season in the near future. If I do see cricket chomping I will harvest. In the meantime I will dig out my seeds and prep my seedlings to drop in between these early bonus plants.

3 Responses to “Gasp…Japanese Indigo in mid-March in the Hill Country”

  1. kayfaulkner March 24, 2019 at 11:43 pm #

    Bonus, Deb. It doesn’t owe you anything so you can freely play with a clear conscience.

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  2. karawaane (@karawaane) March 26, 2019 at 5:19 pm #

    Bonus, how cool. I am going to try growing my own here in the SW/Oak Hill area this year. a watercolor artist who is wanting to find more ways to experiment in color, love following your blog!

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  3. john marshall March 29, 2019 at 5:34 pm #

    Hi Deb-Looks like your indigo has adjusted to your environment – I’m hoping to get mine started next week.How did your trip go? I’m looking forward to hearing all about it this summer.-John

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