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Takane Ruby Buckwheat
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Takane Ruby Buckwheat (75 seeds) (GS115) $4.00

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Takane Ruby Buckwheat

         
 
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A brilliant bright ruby red flowering superfood from the Himalayas. Pink flowering buckwheat is a rare and wonderous pseudo grain. Blankets of pink can be seen blooming high in the Himalayas. In the late 1980s a professor from Shinshu University in Japan collected seeds for a unique pink/red flowering buckwheat from Yunnan China, at about 12,000 feet elevation. The professor selected and perfected this variety, and the signature pink blanketed fields can now be found in Nara prefecture Japan. Japanese farmers quickly embraced this as a stunning cover crop, much more beautiful than white buckwheat. Tourism in the area to see the pink buckwheat fields has skyrocketed. The seeds are ground into a flour for soba noodles and can also be sprouted for a highly nutrious microgreen. In Japan, buckwheat is also brewed into tea and made into cookies. Honey from bees who fed on ruby buckwheat was analyzed by Shinshu university and shown to contain 100 times the antioxidant effect of regular honey.
 
Takane Ruby Buckwheat
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 9
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.5

88.9% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Elizabeth Trainer
Location:
Olympia WA, WA, United States
Date:
October 14, 2019
          5.0
 
Pretty in Pink Takane Ruby
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Profusion of flowers

What are the cons? None

Review:

Started these plants in late March. By May, they were blooming. They added a tier that bloomed...then another tier that bloomed, etc. By the end of the season, the plants were about 30 inches tall and had six or seven tiers. Initially, I was disappointed that the plants were not producing any seeds... Turns out, birds were devouring all of the seeds! Will grow Takane Ruby Buckwheat again next year, but definitely need to cover with netting to keep the birds away.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Crystal
Location:
Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada
Date:
October 7, 2019
          5.0
 
Grew Beautifully
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Continually flowered

What are the cons? Didn't mature to seed

Review:

I direct seeded in my garden and they had very good germination. They seem to be drought tolerant as well. When the plants were very small the leaves were badly attacked by bugs and I didn't know if they would survive. However despite this most of them continued to grow and survived. They grew true to the photos. The plants bushed out about a foot and a half each direction and 3 feet high. They continually bloomed all season long. They were still blooming last week however the frost finally killed the plants. I didn't notice that any seeds matured so I plan to buy more seed to plant for next year. I had a row of dill growing directly beside them. This combination of tall yellow dill and bright buckwheat was stunning. I plan on planting the two side by side again. I took many stunning pictures.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
mainegarder
Location:
Jonesboro, ME, United States
Date:
October 5, 2019
          5.0
 
Stunning Flowers
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow with little care

What are the cons? None

Review:

I planted these in a rough patch of not-so-good soil with little thought. To my surprise these tall gems sprouted quickly for a showy display. They had gorgeous pink buds all summer up until the frost on 10/03 killed them. I will be purchasing these again. Thank you.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

10 out of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Quail Chirps Gardener
Location:
Novato, CA, United States
Date:
September 16, 2019
          4.0
 
Takane Ruby Pretty and Fast
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Cover crop with cute flowers.

What are the cons? No complaints.

Review:

Temps in Aug/Sept avg. 75-85 highs, 52-59 lows, no rain, hand watering. Planting bed is hard sandy soil under 2" mounded compost and area gets more than 8h full sun. Aug 2- Started in 72 cell tray with Dr. Earth Seed Starter Potting mix 2 seeds per cell, 1/2" deep, tamped down and then watered in. Covered and set on a table on the west facing wall of house (afternoon sun). Aug 9- Germination by this time was 17/24 (70%), planted plugs out to the prepared bed on the east side of house without waiting for the rest to germinate. Sept 4- Plants >1' high ~24 leaves and beginning to flower, little light pink blossoms reminiscent of pink forget me nots. Sept 16- The flowers are filling out a lot more as more blooms join the existing flowers, a nice quality is that (unlike geraniums for example) they don't appear to have spots of dead flowers interspersed with freshly blooming ones (no deadheading needed to keep the plants looking fresh). Recommended 4" spacing will help plants stay upright.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Corner Gardener
Location:
Jefferson City, MO, United States
Date:
July 29, 2019
          1.0
 
Disappointing flower size
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Easy germination

What are the cons? Tiny flower

Review:

Well, our climate might be responsible for a poor show of the flower? I planted these for the showy flower and very disappointed with tiny flower compared to the images provided in the catalog and this web page. Easy to grow and good germination rate but provided a tiny flower. Have not noticed a scent. Disappointed.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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