Helpful Gardening Tips
We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.
Solomans Seal Plant
The solomons seal plant is most often seen in the lowland coastal areas where it grows huge with huge, sticky leaves up to a meter long.
These plants produce a sweet-smelling white sap that smells when boiled down with water and sugar. The roots are covered in bristles that contain an enzyme that, when mixed, is effective at tenderizing meat when processed into sambals or pastes.
How to Plant a Solomon's Seal Plant
These plants are grown from cuttings of their roots. The cuttings have to be planted just below the ground's surface or in pots. The plant is best grown in a sunny part of your garden, where it can thrive undisturbed for several years until you can harvest enough for cooking purposes.
How to Care for a Solomon's Seal Plant
After planting, it is essential to cover the soil with black plastic or mulch to keep the roots warm and moist. As the plant grows, it is advised that you divide it when you have 5-6 leaves. The roots have to be collected after several years and dried before you can harvest any brownish bristles from them.
How to Harvest Solomon's Seal Plants
The plants can be harvested anytime between November and May, according to when the young leaves have appeared. These have a sweet taste and can be added to salads. The leaves and roots are rich in vitamin C and are best boiled, roasted, or ground into a powder to make tea. To store them, wrap them in a plastic bag or store them in the freezer.
The plant has been a valuable source of food for the inhabitants of the Solomon Islands for centuries. The roots contain a sap used in building materials, medicines, and many other products that have made it one of the most important resources in this pacific archipelago.