Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) - 5 Seeds

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$1.85 $3.70

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) - 5 Seeds

•Non-GMO
•American grown seeds
•Bee Friendly
•Butterfly Friendly

Description:
A native small tree or large shrub with fantastic fall attributes. Yellow, fragrant flowers bloom from October through December. Attractive foliage in all growing seasons with leaves bright green in spring followed by yellow to yellowish-orange colors in fall. A great tree to plant as an understory or for a shrub border in large areas. These east coast native shrubs or small trees are commonly found in wooded areas from Canada to Georgia. Clusters of citrus-scented petals appear in late fall before the leaves have dropped. Known for its medicinal properties, the bark extract is used as a time-honored remedy for a variety of skin and other bodily ailments.

Medicinal Properties:
Witch hazel is one of our most classic astringent and anti-inflammatory herbs. It has a special affinity for toning and strengthening the blood vessels, veins, mucous membranes, and skin. Native Americans have long used the twigs and bark of witch hazel as a medicinal herb, both internally and topically, for a wide variety of ailments. The tea is taken to remedy sore throats, diarrhea, intestinal bleeding, colds, coughs, bruising, and to prevent postpartum hemorrhaging. Topically, witch hazel is applied as a compress to heal varicose veins, hemorrhoids, bruises, and sunburns. The strong tea, applied as a wash, is a folk remedy for poison

Planting Instructions:
This is definitely one of those seeds which will take a little patience, but it’s also one of the rewarding seeds to grow. When those seedlings pop up, there’s no more gratifying feeling. In nature, Witch Hazel takes 18 months to grow with the seeds going through both hot and cold periods. Our goal is to mimic that process in as short a time frame as possible to allow the seed to break their dormancy.

Scarification: Soak in hot water for 10 minutes, cool and continue to soak at room temperature for 24 hours.
Stratification 1: Warm 120 days.
Stratification 2: Cold 90 days
Germination: Sow seed 1/8" deep , tamp the soil, and mulch the seed bed.
Transplant: Keep seedlings in a semi-shady area until late summer when you can begin to acclimate it to full sun before transplanting it into your garden.

BLOOM TIME: Sept - Nov / Oct - Dec
HARDINESS ZONE: 3 - 8
PLANT HEIGHT: 12 - 18'
PLANT SPACING: 12 - 18'
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun - Part Shade
SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Average - Moist

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