Weld Plant Information: Learn About Growing Weld Plants
Weld Plant Information: Weld Seeds
The following are some interesting facts about welding plants. There are many other things which can be learned about these plants, but they will not be discussed here. They may or may not interest you, so please read further if you wish to learn more about them. You have been warned!
1) Weld plants grow very well in most soils and conditions.
2) Most plants require light to thrive.
Some need full sun, others prefer partial shade. The more you care for your plants, the better they will do.
3) Weld plants are hardy and adaptable to almost any climate condition.
They tolerate drought and high temperatures without problem.
4) Weld plants produce their own food called “wax”.
The wax is made up of tiny pieces of organic material, such as algae, bacteria or fungi. These little organisms break down the cellulose in plant cell walls into waxes. Waxes are edible and nutritious when eaten raw or cooked. When used to make candles, they are called “wax” oil.
5) Weld plants can survive extreme cold weather conditions.
They don’t freeze solid like wood does though. Their leaves are very hard to break or tear. Instead of woody fibers, they have thin but strong cellulose walls in their leaves.
6) New leaves can be blue or purple in color and older leaves range from pale green to olive green in color.
This has given them the nick name “Poor Man’s Purple”.
7) Though it is an herb, it is not used for medicinal purposes like most other herbs are.
It is too bitter for that. The leaves and stems are too tough to be boiled and eaten as vegetables. They are not tasty at all.
8) The strong smell of its leaves repel insects.
This is good for gardeners because it reduces the need for pesticides in organic gardens.
9) It blooms with small white flowers which bees love.
It grows small red berries which are not edible for humans, but they are a favorite food for birds!
10) The juice of the leaves will dye wool or leather a reddish-orange color. This is where “reds” in fabric dyes came from. It was used to make the famous British Redcoats uniform coats during the War of 1812.
11) The dye is also called “Turkey Red”, because it was taken to England from Turkey centuries ago.
12) Dutch colonists brought it to New York, where it was grown on Long Island. British troops used it during the War of 1812 because their traditional Scarlet color (also called Crimson) was impossible to get. After the War of 1812, English wool producers complained so bitterly that Parliament prohibited the use of all plant dyes for cloth. It wasn’t repealed until 1860!
13) In the American Civil War, both the North and the South used it in their uniforms.
14) Most dyes made from plants will wash out of cloth when they are used in laundering. Not this one! It stays fast and bright. It is less damaging to fabrics than other dyes too.
15) In the 1700’s, redcoats were called “reds” because of their uniforms. This is where the American term “redneck” comes from, because farm laborers (predominantly men) worked outside a lot and got a “red neck”.
So, the next time you see some redneck in a big pickup truck with a Welder bumper sticker, you know he is probably a Redcoat descendant!
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