I’ve never had much interest in growing indigo, but my friend Diane wanted to grow some. Only problem, she lives in a condo. So she recruited some friends to grow it. I’m one of them.
A few weeks ago, she bought over a few pots of seedlings. They aren’t quite ready to put in the ground, so I water them almost daily. This morning I noticed something a little odd with this one leaf.
When I realized what it was, I thought too cool. Apparently the leaf was bruised at some point in time. This caused the plant to release indican, which is a colorless substance. The idican turns blue when exposed to air.
It takes a few more steps to process this into a form used to dye fabric, but isn’t this amazing!
Imagine, nature happening in my own backyard. Gotta love this.