June - July
Cool or moist
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The Phytolacca americana is a rare plant with stems of an intense pink. In a rich soil, it is spectacular. It produces abundant black fruits which were used by the Amerindians to dye fabrics purple.
Plantation : Lightly abrade the seed coats by rubbing seeds between two sheets of sandpaper. Bring water to a boil for 5 minutes. Pour over seeds and let soak for 24 hours. Mix seeds with an equal amount of damp sand or vermiculite. Place the mixture in a sealed plastic bag. Store the bag in a refrigerator or cool storage room for 90 days. Sow seeds when there is no risk of ground frost.
Soil : cool or moist
Culturals practices : Or plant the seeds outdoors during the fall. Germination will occur the following spring or later on.