HERB - St. Johs Wort
Sheron Buchele/Curtis Rowland
foxryde at verinet.com
Sat Dec 5 22:24:49 PST 1998
I found St. John's Wort in bloom around the Smithville Lake at last
summer's Lilies. It was quite amazing. I harvested some on St. John's eve
(June 23th) during a thunderstorm - (St. John's Day (his birthday) is June
24). Not *the* thunderstorm of Lilies - just one of the incidental ones....
My SJW (Loveland, Colorado in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains) blooms
from late June to late August and has been spreading most agressively. I
have harvested in mid-July in the theory of getting maximum blooms. But
after drying and processing, I noticed a fair number of seed pods, so I may
go a week or so earlier as the seed pods are sharp and poked my hands. As
I understand the main good juju is in the flowers but I havest about 1/3
stem also. I got about a pound after processing out of the garden this
year. More next!
I have never protected it, and we are a warm Zone 5 (down to -10F). It's
about 3 years old now and has bloomed from it's second year. I wonder if
your area doesn't get cold enough for it to bloom? I looked in the Rodale
Big Book of Herbs and it doesn't say anything about how to get it to bloom.
Joyous Holidays to all,
At 08:22 PM 12/5/98 -0600, you wrote:
>I've heard that St. Johns wort is called thus because it blooms near the
feast of St.
>John. I'm not too good with these celebrations, so just when is the feast
of St. John?
>I'd like to know when the dern wort will bloom. It hasn't put on a bloom
>PS I think in my climate the wort is a perennial. Should I protect it
>Its grown to a 5' diameter patch and I'd like to see it continue to prosper.
>PPS I can't wait for some cooler weather, it got into the upper 80's
today!! and its
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