Dandelion…

image Dandelion – Dandelions are tap-rooted biennial or perennial herbaceous plants.

Dandelions are more than just pesky weeds and were one of the plants sacred to the Goddess Hecate.

Dandelion greens are high in Vitamins A, K and C and also contain a significant amount of fiber and iron. Dandelions can make a valuable addition to the home herb or vegetable garden. While they prefer to be grown outdoors they are also happy with an indoor home.

Container – Dandelions have a long tap root so be sure to plant your dandelions in a deep pot or window box.

Soil – Prepare the container for your dandelions by adding compost or an all-purpose vegetable fertilizer to the soil. Though dandelions tend to grow well in even low-quality soil, they respond best to fertile soil.

image Starting by Seed – If you can’t find dandelion seed at your local store, try gathering a bunch of the wild puffballs and save the seeds.

Place the seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep, spacing the seeds 2 to 3 inches apart. Dandelion seeds require a great deal of light to germinate, so do not cover the seeds with soil. Water your dandelion seeds lightly, keeping the top inch of soil moist but not wet. A plant mister makes an ideal watering can for the seeds as it allows you to soak the soil without moving the seeds. After watering cover with clear plastic wrap and wait for the seeds to germinate. After they have germinated and started to grow remove the plastic covering.

Thin out the seedlings after they grow their first pair of true leaves. If planted in a window box, pinch off the smaller specimens and keep enough of the larger seedlings spacing them between 10 and 12 inches apart.

Watering –  Dandelions like their soil evenly moist but not soggy.

Light RequirementsDandelions thrive best in full-sun areas. However, the hearty perennial plants can grow in virtually any moist environment. The use of grow lights helps indoor dandelions establish strong taproots and healthy leaves. Plant lights provide better lighting than window lighting or traditional tungsten lighting used in homes. The plant lights mimic full-sun conditions, enabling dandelions to grow indoors successfully.

Lore – As a consequence of their usefulness and bright color most of the symbols and myths surrounding them are positive. But, dandelions can also be symbols of grief and the passion of Christ in theological symbolism as well as being one of the bitter herbs of the Passover.

According to Scott Cunningham, author of over thirty books on herbs and Wicca, Dandelion is said to increase psychic abilities when taken as a tea. A tea of the roots left steaming and placed beside the bed will call spirits. Dandelion buried in the northwest corner of the house will bring favorable winds.

Another folk legend is that you can send a message to another person by visualizing your message as blow on the snowy white seed head. Others use sachets of dandelion matter for psychic dreaming and good luck.

Woven into a wedding bouquet, they are meant to be good luck for a newly married couple. When dandelions appear in dreams, they are thought to represent happy unions.

child-blowing-dandelionThey are also considered to be symbols of hope, summer and childhood. For instance, the tallest dandelion stalk that a kid could find in the early spring will show how much taller he or she will grow in the coming year.

If you blow on a white dandelion head and every seed scatters then you are loved. If some seeds still cling to the stalk, you’re out of luck. Also, it’s said that if you make a wish right before blowing on dandelion, your wish just might come true. Others claim that the number of seeds remaining are how many years you have left to live.

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