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Arnica in the garden

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Post Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:18 pm

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Hi Doc, I saw that you grow Arnica in your garden!? do you live so far up in the mountains? :scared: Here Arnica grows only above 1000 mt and is a protected species so I cannot just harvest that. I would like to grow it myself but... I live at 500 mt.
I have read that Arnica Montana and Angustifolia have the same properties, but do you happen to know if the Angustifolia grows at a lower altitude? Which species do you grow?
many thanks!
Marisa from Italy

Post Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:41 pm
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Most plants have an amazing ability to adapt to new climates and even soil types. When I want to grow something I buy a little seed or a couple of plants and try them. I am successful in the vast majority of cases. Goldenseal is one of the only ones I have not been particularly successful with. It went three years before dying out.

If you have access to plants I would say try them and see what happens! Experiment and share your experiences.

Post Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:22 pm
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Arnica prefers higher elevations in nature but does fine elsewhere. It will probably be perfectly happy at your place.

Post Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:42 pm

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Hi Doc, you know what? I found arnica seeds and they have actually grown to a beautiful plant! No flowers yet, I think it has to adapt for a while before blooming, but I wait for them this year!

Post Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:02 pm
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MarisaG wrote:
Hi Doc, you know what? I found arnica seeds and they have actually grown to a beautiful plant! No flowers yet, I think it has to adapt for a while before blooming, but I wait for them this year!


Glad they're happy Marisa. Remember not to take them internally. We don't want you to get dead. They make a wonderful liniment though. :)

Post Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:43 pm

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sure thing!
:confused: but the Arnica does not flower at all. it's 3 years I have planted it, plenty of leaves and no flower. I am afraid it's too hot in the summer and she doesn't really like it, but she doesn't want to disappoint me by dying. So she stays there, but makes no flowers :(
But I read that we are entring a Grand Solar Minimum, so if temperatures will go down like in the 1700s when there was the "year without Summer", at least I will have some arnica flowers hahahaha :woot:


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