Sussex Flax - Sustainably Grown


Sussex Flax - Sustainably Grown

Linum usitatissimum
(110 days) Annual. We’d been seeking a seed source for this “most useful” (usitatissimum) flax for ages when we discovered that Roberta Bailey grew the variety we sought. She densely broadcasts seeds in late spring and encircles the patch by a simple rope fence to keep the 3' plants with their cunning periwinkle flowers from falling in the winds and rain. If growing for seed, direct sow 2–3 seeds per inch in rows 6–10" apart. If growing for fiber, sow more heavily. You can also start indoors in a cool place 6–8 weeks before setting out after danger of frost. Come October, after a few light frosts, the plants are easy to pull and most of them will have ripened brown seeds. Brown seeds are richer with more intense flavor than golden flax, and Sussex, as tested by the Irish Seed Savers Association, was found to have a higher alpha-linolenic acid content (an omega-3 fatty acid) than 17 other varieties. We love them added to porridge or to “flaxjacks.” Processing the abundant straw into linen fiber for spinning requires a process called “retting,” plus some skill and patience. But what better endeavor to pursue during a long dark winter? BACK!
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5080 Sussex Flax - Sustainably Grown
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A: 2g for $4.15   
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C: 28g for $25.00   
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Additional Information


All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.

Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.

Germination Testing

For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.

Our Seeds are Non-GMO


All of our seeds are non-GMO, and free of neonicotinoids and fungicides. Fedco is one of the original companies to sign the Safe Seed Pledge.