Indigofera tinctoria, often called true indigo or simply just indigo, is probably the most famous and widespread dye plant in the world. It’s a wonderfully useful plant, however, and very much worth growing for the adventurous gardener and home dyer. Learn more here.
Although the popularity of the natural dye stalled when a synthetic dye was developed, picking indigo for dye is making a comeback. If you want to learn how to harvest indigo to make your own dye, click here. We’ll tell you how and when to pick indigo plants.
The popular color “indigo” is named after several plants in the genus Indigofera famous for the natural blue obtained from the plant leaves. Some varieties are used medicinally, while others are beautiful and ornamental. Learn about different indigo plants here.
Whether you are growing indigo in your garden to make the dye or just to enjoy the pretty flowers and growth habit, indigo irrigation requirements are important to understand to help it thrive. This article will help with that. Click here for more information.
What if you want to make your own plant-based dye and bypass all those chemicals? Dyeing with indigo allows you to ensure the dye is non-toxic and you get to watch a fascinating chemical process as a green plant goes to blue. Learn more in this article.
Unlike other colors that could easily be obtained, blue remained a difficult color to recreate – until it was discovered that dye could be made from indigo plants. Making indigo dye, however, is no easy task. So, how do you make dye indigo plant dye? Learn more here.
Growing indigo isn’t difficult as long as you can provide ample sunlight and warmth. However, pruning true indigo regularly keeps the plant healthy and attractive. Click here and we’ll explore indigo plant pruning and cutting back indigo.
True indigo (Indigofera tinctoria) can be grown successfully by seed for a pretty flowering shrub or to provide you with leaves to make a natural blue dye. Click this article for tips on how and when to sow indigo plant seeds in the garden.
One reason indigo plants have so easily spread globally is because there are very few bugs that eat indigo. Learn more about pests of indigo plants in this article and find out if control measures are necessary.
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Whether you use them as a source of indigo dye, a cover crop, or just for bountiful late summer blooms, growing indigo plants from cuttings is not hard. There are a few methods you may use to propagate indigo from cuttings. This article will help get you started.
Indigo has long been highly regarded for its use as a natural dye plant. While the process of extracting and preparing indigo dye is very complex, indigo can be an interesting and educational addition to the landscape. Learn about indigo plant propagation here.
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