(Astragalus membranaceus) Perennial. Hardy in zones 5-8
Astragulus, known as Huang-Qi in Traditional Chinese Medicine, has been prized for thousands of years for its immune boosting properties. Astragalus plants can grow large, up to six feet and have pale yellow flowers. Astragalus roots can be harvested from established three-year-old plants.
Timing: Start indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last spring frost, or direct sow after risk of frost has passed.
Seed Pre-treatment: Seeds require a 21 day cold stratification to break dormancy. Proceed by placing the seed packet inside a resealable plastic bag and place in your fridge. After the cold period, gently and lightly scarify seed with fine sand paper.
Germination: Before sowing seed, soak for 1-2 hours max. to soften the outer shell. Germination can take 3 to 10 days.
Seed sowing: Sow seeds trays with pre-moistened grow medium to a depth of 1/8-1/4", lightly cover. Sow after risk of frost
Soil requirements: Prefers well-draining sandy soil
Sun requirements: Prefers part shade to full sun.
Watering: Water moderately until established
Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia, Canada.
Our Astragalus Seeds are an open pollinated variety.