Japanese Indigo Plants

Japanese Indigo is not, if we're being honest, the most beautiful plant you can grow. But hot damn is it a fun one! Take these leaves, stick them in a blender, and you've got a vibrant dye. Magic! Pure magic!

Japanese Indigo leaves can be used fresh, so have everything ready before you harvest. Harvest 10 or so stalks of Indigo, stick the leaves into your blender, cover with very cold water, and blend. Strain this mixture into your dying pot, mix in 2T white vinegar, and stick the cloth you want to dye into the pot. Mix it around for about 5 minutes - 1 hour depending on how deep you want the color. It will look yellow-ish/green in the pot, but when you pull the cloth out of the pot and expose it to oxygen it turns blue! Behold! After rinsing if you want a darker color, simply put it back in the pot.

Includes three young plants, grown in 2.5” diameter pots.

Plant Info
Botanical Name
Persicaria tinctoria
1-2 ft when full grown
12" between plants
Full sun or part shade
Grows everywhere in the USA (annual, zones 2-11)
Kids & Pets & Deer
Non-toxic, and Deer Resistant
Requires regular water
Indoor & Pots
Grows well in containers outside
Growing Info
How to Plant Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. Fill a little bit of the loose dirt back into the hole and tuck your plant in so the base of the stem is even with the top of the hole. Now fill in the rest of the soil around the roots, give the soft ground around the base of your new plant friend a few solid pats to compress the soil onto the roots, and a long, gentle drink of water
Where to Plant Find a place that gets a decent amount of sun, in well draining soil
When to Plant Plant outside in the spring,after your last frost - these plants are very cold sensitive. Avoid the heat of the day when planting — plant in the early morning, late afternoon, or by the light of the moon
When to Expect Blooms We're here for those magic leaves!
Care Instructions Water regularly
Extra Credit Make something cool with these guys!
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  • What kind of potting soil should I buy for them ?

    Any good organic mix will do! We sell one here.

  • How many seedling plants am I purchasing with one order of “Japanese Indigo Plants?

    All of our plants are sold in packs of three, and they are each grown in 2.5" pots!