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Ambrosia Seeds

Ethically wild-harvested Ambrosia (Ambrosia chamissonis) seeds for organic growing.

All seed varieties are grown at our farm or locally and sustainably wildcrafted by us. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never import seeds to sell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.

1 pkg (approx 30-50 seeds)

Common Names
Ambrosia, Silver Beachweed, Silver-Bur Ragweed, Ragweed, Bursage

Botanical Name
Ambrosia chamissonis

Plant Family
Asteraceae (Daisy Family)

Native Range
PNW from Alaska to California.

Life Cycle
Perennial

Hardiness Zone
5-11

Habit
It has a mounding habit, spreading fairly low to the ground, with a maximum of about 1ft tall in the centre. Each plant can have a spread of four feet or more.

Sun/Soil
Ambrosia can be found growing along sunny seasides, sand dunes, and beaches in the PNW. It needs a sunny well-drained spot where it has room to spread and sprawl out along the ground.

Germination/Sowing
Seeds can be direct sown in fall or spring, or started in flats indoors in spring.

Growing/Care
Plants are evergreen in mild temperate climates (zones 8+) and herbaceous in colder zones (5-7). They are extremely drought tolerant and require little care.

Harvesting
The aerial parts are best harvested when they are most potent as the flower buds appear in late spring/ summer. The pollen from the flowers is extremely fine and can irritate mucous membranes causing stuffy nose and other hay fever type symptoms. If harvesting the herb for drying, I would recommend- ed harvesting it before the flowers open to reduce the chance of pollen reaction during handling of the dried herb. The herb can also be harvested after flowering is finished and the seeds are set, but caution should be used as the seeds are very sharp prickly (don’t walk barefoot on the Ambrosia beach!).

Culinary Uses
None known.

Medicinal Uses
Ambrosia is amazing for easing inflammatory allergic responses. The herb is excellent at drying up excess mucus secretions, such as runny nose and eyes, caused by allergy or head colds. For very bad allergies an initial ‘loading dose’ of 2-3 tsp of tincture is recommended. Leaves can be used as a poultice for bee and insect bites, though I have not tried this.

Themes
Native Plant Garden, Container Garden, Rock Garden, Apothecary Garden, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Deer Resistant.

Ethically wild-harvested Ambrosia (Ambrosia chamissonis) seeds for organic growing. All seed varieties are grown at our farm or locally and sustainably wildcrafted by us. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never import seeds to sell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free. 1 pkg (approx 30-50 seeds)

Ambrosia Hybrid Bicolor Sweet Corn Seeds

Zea mays

  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
  • REVIEWS
HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Prepare the soil with compost or other organic matter. One week after frost or when the soil consistently reaches 60 degrees F, plant Ambrosia Hybrid bi-color sweet corn seeds 1″ deep and 8-12″ apart. Planting blocks of four short rows ensures good pollination. Germination should take place in 5-6 days. For companion planting benefits, plant corn with cucumbers, peas, or pole beans; plants that like shade also do well with corn. Avoid planting tomatoes near corn.

Growing: After the corn emerges, keep it moist and carefully remove weeds; since corn cannot fight against weeds, mulch may be beneficial. Additional organic matter or compost helps growth, since corn is a heavy feeder. Keep in mind that corn has shallow roots which can easily become damaged by hoeing. Watch out for pests, as corn attracts many problematic insects and animals.

Harvesting: About three weeks after the corn silk appears, it will begin to turn brown; this signals that the corn is nearly ripe. When the kernels of sweet corn release a milky substance when pierced, they are ready to be harvested. If the substance is clear, they are not ready; if nothing comes out of the kernel, the optimum time for harvest has passed. Sweet corn usually tastes sweetest if picked in the morning, since sugar content peaks at this time; for best taste, use it the same day it is picked. Ambrosia hybrid sweet corn keeps its freshness very well for freezing.

Seed Saving: Because this variety of corn is a hybrid, the seed it produces will either be sterile or will revert to the characteristics to one of the parent seeds; reproducing this type from its own seed will not be successful.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Zea mays

Type: Hybrid, Warm Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Seeds per Ounce: 150

Planting Method: Direct Sow

Sunlight: Full Sun

Height: 80 Inches

Color: White, Yellow

DESCRIPTION

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Se-Ho Type Sweet Corn. The creamy white and sweet yellow kernels combined in Ambrosia deliver great flavor for fresh eating as well as freezing and canning. It produces 7″ to 8″ ears with a nice firm texture that take about 75 days to reach maturity.

The first type of corn, sometimes known as Indian corn or maize, was found by the Pilgrims when they arrived on the shores of the New World. Provided by the Indians, this valuable resource ensured their survival. In addition to eating the corn, the resourceful Pilgrims also used the husks for making various things like shoes, ropes, dolls, and seats for their chairs. Modern varieties of sweet corn, field corn, and ornamental corn all descend from Indian corn.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Prepare the soil with compost or other organic matter. One week after frost or when the soil consistently reaches 60 degrees F, plant Ambrosia Hybrid bi-color sweet corn seeds 1″ deep and 8-12″ apart. Planting blocks of four short rows ensures good pollination. Germination should take place in 5-6 days. For companion planting benefits, plant corn with cucumbers, peas, or pole beans; plants that like shade also do well with corn. Avoid planting tomatoes near corn.

Growing: After the corn emerges, keep it moist and carefully remove weeds; since corn cannot fight against weeds, mulch may be beneficial. Additional organic matter or compost helps growth, since corn is a heavy feeder. Keep in mind that corn has shallow roots which can easily become damaged by hoeing. Watch out for pests, as corn attracts many problematic insects and animals.

Harvesting: About three weeks after the corn silk appears, it will begin to turn brown; this signals that the corn is nearly ripe. When the kernels of sweet corn release a milky substance when pierced, they are ready to be harvested. If the substance is clear, they are not ready; if nothing comes out of the kernel, the optimum time for harvest has passed. Sweet corn usually tastes sweetest if picked in the morning, since sugar content peaks at this time; for best taste, use it the same day it is picked. Ambrosia hybrid sweet corn keeps its freshness very well for freezing.

Seed Saving: Because this variety of corn is a hybrid, the seed it produces will either be sterile or will revert to the characteristics to one of the parent seeds; reproducing this type from its own seed will not be successful.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Zea mays

Type: Hybrid, Warm Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Seeds per Ounce: 150

Planting Method: Direct Sow

Ambrosia Hybrid bi-color sweet corn has delicious flavor that is great for fresh eating as well as freezing and canning. Purchase our seeds in bulk online!