Water Pepper Seeds (Polygonum hydropiper) Japanese specialty herb , Asian Vegetable
Maturity: Approx. 10-14 days
Planting season: Year Round for microgreens
common names of the plant are ; water pepper, Biting persicaria, Lakeweed, Curage, Red leaf, Marsh pepper smartweed, Marshpepper knotweed, annuals martweed, mild water pepper, akatade, water willow, redshank, Common smartweed, marshpepper smartweed, annual smartweed, marsh waterpepper, watersmartweed, biting knotweed, marsh pepper, knotweed, biting pepper, sickleweed and bog ginger. Water-pepper, water pepper or marshpepper knotweed is a plant of the family Polygonaceae. It grows in damp places and shallow water. It is a widespread plant, found in Australia, New Zealand, temperate Asia, Europe, and North America. Water Pepper grows wild in Europe but is rarely used as a cultivated spice outside of Japan, where the fresh leaves are used primarily for seasoning.
Cultivation: Benitade seed has a weak and slow germination. It is important that the seed is kept moist until it has germinated. Soak seeds in water for 24 hours. Then wrap the seeds in cloth and pre-chill refrigerate between 0C and 10C (32°F-50°F, 41°F is best) for at least 7 days.
Most vegetables leaves or sprouts having red or purple color is called “anthocyan” which is generally developed by lower temperature. Growing temperatures 50-60°F should be adequate to develop “anthocyan” after the seeds have germinated. We cannot tell exactly how long exposure should be under low temperatures.