Indigo is the most recognized of the natural dyes and contains the legendary rich blue color that is coaxed out of the plant leaves. Our variety is commonly called Japanese Indigo, sourced from bedhead fiber and is easily propagated in most temperate climates. The seeds prefer a warm environment to sprout and have similar light, water and food requirements as growing basil. Plant seedlings after the last frost date for your area, and if you have a short growing season, you can start seedlings indoors about 4-6 weeks before your last frost date. For us in Seattle, that’s right now! Plants grow to about 24 inches high and will be bushy with lots of offshoots and leaves. You can cut a harvest in midsummer, and then harvest 1-2 times more before the plant is felled by frost.
Once you are ready to harvest, we offer a recipe for making a fresh leaf indigo vat.
bedhead fiber says:
Indigo is a very tolerant plant, but is happiest in sun, with rich soil. The happier the plant is, the more depth of shade you will receive. Plant 12” apart. Seeds take about 12-18 days to germinate–and if you presoak seeds overnight, it can shorten this time. Each packet contains about 100 seeds.
All bedhead fiber seeds have been sourced from farms within the US and are non-GMO.
Photos by Kristina Moravec for bedhead fiber. Contact bedhead fiber to arrange usage terms