Sussex Flax

Certified Organic

Linum usitatissimum

Highly nutritious seeds and fibers that are great for linen. 

Before the advent of the industrial cotton industry, flax was the fiber plant for northern climates. To make linen from flax involves a process called retting, in which, after the the long stems are harvested and dried, water is added so that the layers of pectin on the outside rot away from the valuable fibers within. Not only is this heirloom English variety ideal for those wanting to try retting themselves, but it also sports delicate purply-blue blooms and delicious brown seeds that are high in Omega-3s.

Makes a great medium height border border along walkways or a good addition to wildflower mixes. Will self-sow if left to do so in the garden.

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Sow indoors in early spring or direct sow after danger of frost has passed. Thin plants to at least 10" apart for best results, though plants will tolerate some crowding. If growing for seed, direct sow 2-3 seeds per inch in rows 6-10″ apart. If growing for fiber, sow heavily. Harvest when seeds heads are brown and dry. Lay out to dry for several days, then dance, rub, or flail seeds from seedheads. Winnow to remove chaff.

Days to Maturity 110 days
Planting Depth 1/8"
Spacing in Row 4-10"
Spacing Between Rows 6-10"
Height at Maturity 18-30"
Sun Preference Full to partial Sun

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