My nettles lost their sting

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ItalianBee
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My nettles lost their sting

Postby ItalianBee » Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:51 pm

Nettles don't seem to grow wild around here, so I broke down this year and bought a small plant in a pot. I have repotted it but I have to keep it in a container because I don't have any land to plant it in. It looks fine, green and healthy, and I've had a few stings from it (which I don't mind, they're not anything like poison ivy stings). But in the last couple of days I have brushed past it and it hasn't stung me. I don't think I've developed an immunity - I suppose that could happen - but outside of that, is there any reason why nettles in a pot would lose their sting? Not having proper nutrition, something like that? As I said, it does look healthy.

Singingcrowsings
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Re: My nettles lost their sting

Postby Singingcrowsings » Sat Jul 25, 2015 3:17 pm

When a leaf is stroked one way there is little chance in getting stung. It's possible you just rubbed it the right way.

When I collect nettle, I don't use any gloves and on occasion I might get a sting or two on my wrist from reaching into the plant, but that's it.

ItalianBee
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Re: My nettles lost their sting

Postby ItalianBee » Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:22 pm

I actually tried rubbing against them all different ways, because I know you have to catch the stinging hairs to get stung.

But something else occurred to me - nettles grow well in "waste land," scrubby stuff, they don't need rich soil. Maybe the soil I put them in is too rich rather than lacking in nutrients!

Singingcrowsings
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Re: My nettles lost their sting

Postby Singingcrowsings » Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:45 am

It could just be the variety you're dealing with.

Another idea is, are the leaves you touch, or brush by on, older leaves or are they new ones? Does nettle have a limited amount of stinging power?

ItalianBee
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Re: My nettles lost their sting

Postby ItalianBee » Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:29 pm

I don't think it's the variety, because when I first got the plant it stung me.

After reading your post I went out and rubbed my hand over all the leaves I could find, to test whether it made a difference rubbing against old or new leaves. Nothing, but I think all the leaves that are showing now are fairly new.

It's a puzzle....

Singingcrowsings
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Re: My nettles lost their sting

Postby Singingcrowsings » Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:54 am

It is a puzzle.

But then, it might not have to do with the variety nor the soil, but the fact that this one plant is getting so much attention? That in itself is a unique situation for a stinging nettle plant.

Perhaps someone will come along here and know the answer. I'm curious, myself.


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