Datisca cannabina (False Hemp) [50 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, partly because they are extremely tiny, requiring careful handling, and partly because their germination can be slow, requiring patience. Surface-sow (do not cover) the tiny seeds as evenly as possible over growing medium, gently press them into the surface, and keep moist in a warm, bright place for germination.

Be aware that sprouting may be slow and irregular, occurring over a period of many months. If no seedlings appear after a month or so of warmth, you could consider placing the pot in a plastic bag and refrigerating it for about a month before moving it back to warmth and light. I occasionally find seedlings of this plant in my garden, so it’s possible for them to self-sow in less than ideal conditions. But in general, I advise giving the tiny seeds close attention and good care so they don’t dry out or get washed away by careless watering or heavy rain.

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False hemp (Datisca cannabina), also known as bastard hemp, Cretan hemp, or acalbir, is an intriguing and unusual perennial with rich green, pinnate leaves and strong stems that shoot up from ground level in spring to 6 to 8 (or even 10) feet in summer. Clusters of small, yellowish to whitish flowers appear in midsummer. If you have both male and female plants (unfortunately, there’s no way to tell until they bloom), the females will develop long, dangling chains of small seedpods and an arching form as the season progresses. Both sexes make a striking addition to the back of a border. Full sun to light shade. Zones 4 to 8.

If you are looking for actual hemp (Cannabis), DO NOT ORDER THIS SEED! This plant has no relation to that plant other than in name.

Collected in Octover 2020. At least 50 seeds.


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