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Rhubarbarian
May 26, 2018 6:15 PM CST
Good day gardeners,

I was wondering if someone could direct me into the right direction.
I'd like to care for stinging nettles yet I can only find information about getting rid of them or making extractions from them.
I'd like a Nettle that grows like a butterfly and stings like a bee.
Yet information is scarce or I'm not google savvy enough, any help would me most appreciated.

Kind regards,

Rhubarbarian.
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Xeramtheum
May 26, 2018 7:08 PM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA!

Be aware that these plants are perennial, hardy into zone 3 and spreads like crazy plus they will hurt you.

That said, they like moist soil and do best in sun or bright shade.

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Bonehead
Jun 13, 2018 5:35 AM CST
These links may be helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.c...
https://www.gardenguides.com/1...

I would be cautious about where you site nettle, as weeding it will be problematic. I can get stung through my thin garden gloves. They are a native plant in my region, and freely grow in my fields, usually at the edges of woodlots. My soil is acidic, and the nettles do grow best where the moisture level is fairly consistent. If conditions are good for them, they will quickly form a colony, and are quite striking when they bloom and when their seed pods ripen.
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