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Feeding Stinging Nettle

When I was living in Poland as a little kid this stuff grew all over. For some reason I cannot find any in the northeast unless I'm looking in the wrong places.

I went on ebay and purchased some seeds yesterday for a few bucks and will attempt to grow these in my apartment. They can't be that hard to keep alive since I remember them growing as if it was a pest on the side of the road.

Reason why I want to start feeding this to my shrimp is calcium. Check out the nutrition facts below....doesn't even compare to spinach in terms of calcium. Lots of shrimp breeders in Europe supplement stinging nettles.


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They can take ages to sprout but once they do, they'll thrive under a daylight CFL.

I find their cell walls break down better when frozen than spinach. Much more convenient to feed.
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They can take ages to sprout but once they do, they'll thrive under a daylight CFL.

I find their cell walls break down better when frozen than spinach. Much more convenient to feed.
Yikes, had no idea it would take that long. I noticed that they sell roots on ebay as well. Do you think there would be an advantage over just the seeds?
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Growing from seed always gives me the best results indoors. They're awfully finicky for being a weed, though.

Some say you have to cold stratify in the fridge but I've never done that. Just keep the soil moist and the lighting strong and they'll sprout in the same amount of time it would take to stratify (a month or a month and a half).

I've got a pot of them in my office that are on their third year. The first year, they were rather small. Second year? They exploded. Looking like they're going to be much bigger with their coming growth spurt in year three.

Since you keep shrimp, I think you'll really enjoy growing them. Can also take them outside in the summer if you want. I never do, as I don't want to risk pests or having something chow down on them.
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Growing from seed always gives me the best results indoors. They're awfully finicky for being a weed, though.

Some say you have to cold stratify in the fridge but I've never done that. Just keep the soil moist and the lighting strong and they'll sprout in the same amount of time it would take to stratify (a month or a month and a half).

I've got a pot of them in my office that are on their third year. The first year, they were rather small. Second year? They exploded. Looking like they're going to be much bigger with their coming growth spurt in year three.

Since you keep shrimp, I think you'll really enjoy growing them. Can also take them outside in the summer if you want. I never do, as I don't want to risk pests or having something chow down on them.
Awesome, thanks for the tips. I should be getting them this week so I'll get right to it.
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Growing from seed always gives me the best results indoors. They're awfully finicky for being a weed, though.

Some say you have to cold stratify in the fridge but I've never done that. Just keep the soil moist and the lighting strong and they'll sprout in the same amount of time it would take to stratify (a month or a month and a half).

I've got a pot of them in my office that are on their third year. The first year, they were rather small. Second year? They exploded. Looking like they're going to be much bigger with their coming growth spurt in year three.

Since you keep shrimp, I think you'll really enjoy growing them. Can also take them outside in the summer if you want. I never do, as I don't want to risk pests or having something chow down on them.
Do you used them to feed your shrimp?

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Do you used them to feed your shrimp?
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Yep.
Do you blanch them or just raw?
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They're easy to blanch. But since they're thinner than spinach, their cell ways break down really well when frozen. So I usually stick them in the freezer and then feed them.

Freezing works really well when you have a ton of leaves and need to save them.
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Here's a look at a first-year crop that's about 100 days old:



The small growth is about 20 days old.

Grows about 10x faster in the second year.
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Here's a plant database of weeds. You can search for edibles. There are tons.
http://www.pfaf.org/user/plantsearch.aspx

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Urgh, those pics give me the shudders ! When i lived in England they were all over the place, and as kids we were always getting stung by them ...... I can feel the burning itching sensation now ha ha.
Is it the actual leaf or stem that stings you ?

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Leaf. Tiny little silica "hairs" that jab you.
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Wow that is slow growing.

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I have a friend with a small farm with some chickens I always see it there and stay away from it, as a kid growing up in Poland I fell in to this stuff many times and it stings if you touch it. Next year I will go picking the stuff.
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