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Posted by on Aug 20, 2011 in Herbs, St. John's Wort | 1 comment

St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort

Name: *St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) Description: *perennial *best in zones 3-8 *famous as a depression remedy, though it does so much more than that… Parts Used: *Flowering tops, fresh only *Some use a ratio of 70% fresh flower and 30% fresh leaf of the plant instead of only flowers Position: *easy to grow in well drained soil *full sun to light shade Propagation: *propagate by seed: use cold stratification for 3-4 weeks and then either sow in seed flats or directly into soil (after frost danger is done) *you can also propagate by root division in the spring and fall Maintenance: *give the plant low to moderate watering *it can be grown in containers but it is tall, so make sure the pot is large *only feed with liquid fertilizer twice in the growing season or it will produce more leaves than flowers *cut back after flowering to stop it from self-seeding, if desired Harvesting: *harvest the flowering heads in early summer when the buds are beginning to...

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