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Henna

Used since ancient times to color hair, skin, nails, and fabric; henna produces an orange to brown dye. The waxy green leaves, stems, and pink, yellow, or white flowers are used in perfumes. Henna also makes a good houseplant. Germinate in moist paper towels in the refrigerator for four days and then transfer to a warm spot.

50 seeds

 

PLANTING

Lawsonia invermis

Annual, Perennial-zones 10 and above

Germination: 7-14 days

Germination Temperature:Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF

Seed Planting Depth:  Sow on the surface and press into the soil

Starting Indoors:  Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost.Cold treat seed by sowing into moist soil or paper towel, wrap in a clear plastic bag and place in refrigerator for 4-5 days. Provide 70-75ºF soil temperature for germination. 

Sowing Outdoors: Not recommended 

Growth Habit:  Shrub 

Heightand Width:6-20’ 

Light Needs: Full sun 

Soil Needs:Average, dry and well-drained 

Uses: Ornamental, containers, dye, houseplant 

Care: Pinch seedlings back to encourage branching. Grow outside until temperatures drop below 50ºF then bring indoors over the winter. Place in a sunny spot and don't over water. It may drop its leaves but they will come back after adjusting to the indoors.

 


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