Another rare dandelion that we’ve taken under our wing. Rubber Root, alternately known as Russian or Kazakh Dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz) is a perennial dandelion with origins in the Kazakhstan / Uzbekistan regions. The plants are generally smaller than Taraxacum officinale and Taraxacum albidum (two other varieties we offer in our catalog), the leaves a thicker and a paler green, but their graceful yellow flowers are still recognizably dandelion.
This dandelion species has a dark cultural history that dates back to Stalinist Soviet Russia, where scientists first discovered the latex content contained in the plant roots could be used to produce natural rubber. Contemporary plant breeders have rediscovered the plant with the ultimate aim of breeding improved plants that can provide a commercially viable alternative to both natural (most commonly produced from Hevea brasiliensis or rubber tree) and synthetic rubbers. Today, Ford Motor Company and Ohio State University are presently conducting joint research with the aim of commercializing it to replace synthetic car parts such as cupholders and interior trim. Researchers in Europe have already produced prototype dandelion car tires.
We offer Taraxacum kok-saghyz seeds to our customers primarily as dandelion enthusiasts who understand that dandelions play an important ecological on diversified small scale farms like ours. We have grown plants here for the past three years in our Mediterranean climate, starting them in seedling cells and growing them out their first few true leaves prior to transplanting. We’ve found Taraxacum kok-saghyz grows well here if sown in the mid-winter for an early spring transplanting. We’ve planted them in the mid summer, and while they survived, it seemed like the plants generally weren’t as vital.
60 days to flower from transplant. Perennial. Packet: ~50 seeds (0.025 gram) Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
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We ship all international orders via USPS First Class. We do not ship orders internationally with phytosanitary certificates. As the buyer, you are responsible for performing all due diligence and ensuring the products you order are capable of being received in your country. We are not financially liable for orders seized by customs.
We are our own customers: farmer/gardeners who face the numerous challenges of growing quality, productive crops within ecological agriculture settings. We founded All Good Things Organic Seeds to offer quality vegetable, herb, and flower seeds adapted to organic growing conditions. The seed varieties we offer in our catalog are sourced directly from our farm in Ojai, California and other farms that reflect our agriculture ethic:
-We exclusively offer certified organic, untreated non-GMO varieties in our catalog. We are certified organic by Oregon Tilth. -We do on-farm grow-outs and trials of every variety we sell, listing only those that display vigor, productivity, disease resistance and variety-specific uniformity. -We understand plant breeding as an evolving, rather than static process. The varieties we offer are constantly being adapted and improved for the needs of a changing world. -We perform germination tests on all seed lots every eight months to insure our customers are delivered viable, high-quality seeds. -Our seeds are stored in climate-controlled conditions to ensure their long-term viability.
We are also advocates of the Safe Seed Pledge, innovated by High Mowing Organic Seeds in 1999:
Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms poses great biological risks, as well as economic, political and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities.