Monday, June 20, 2011
My japanese indigo Väritatarkuvia
Here are some photos of my japanese indigoes this year. The ones in the photos above were sown in the beginning of March, but most of the seeds I had sown in the beginning of April, because I couldn't plant them outside until June. I had earlier only the sharp leaved variety, but now most of my plants seem to be the round leaved variety, which I haven't dyed with before. I haven't really found out any research about the difference in the indigotin content of each variety (or even what they are called, do they have a name?), but I have read somewhere that the sharp leaved would have higher indigotin content. How much higer, I don't know.. The round leaved variety should have pink flowers while the other one has white flowers.
I planted some of them in the greenhouse in the beginning of June, and also in big pots, and the rest of the plants got planted outside only last week. They would have been ready earlier, but I didn't have the time to plant them. Now I have also covered the beds with straw, to keep moisture in and weeds out, and am hoping for warm weather:)