The best stinging nettles are not always easy to find. The best ones STING. Not all nettles are as good as each other. Stinging nettle connoisseurs like me, are fussy about the strength of the sting.
I am told that sting strength depends on the place nettles grow – and that might be true. The nettles in the old Victorian gardens here where everyone walks their dogs, hardly sting at all. But the ones in the cemetery close by are good. Sun, age and soil make a difference.
I like to choose nettles that are potentially good stingers if I want to make sure they are worth potting. I cut a branch about two inches below a whorl of leaves. The stalk needs pulverising a bit before I put it in water, just to cover the mashed up part, but not the lowest whorl of leaves. Within a week on a sunny windowsill, roots will develop on the underside of the whorl and seek the water below and the mashed up part will send out roots too. Then it’s ready for potting. Place in a semi shady part of the garden.
Who would want a potted stinging nettle? Well, anyone with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, hay fever, diabetes, hemorrhoids, warts, age spots, high blood pressure and more. A potted nettle is a very unique gift.