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|Edelweiss is traditionally employed in folk medicine as an anti-inflammatory remedy. However, studies show that it is a valuable source of anti-inflammatory substances potentially applicable for chronic inflammatory skin diseases and bacterial and atherogenic inflammation.
|Sow February to May or September to October.
Sow seed on the surface of lightly firmed, moist seed compost in pots or trays. The seeds need light to germinate, Edelweiss seeds are very small, so do not cover them completely. Cover the seeds with the lightest sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged.
Germination should occur in less than two weeks. When large enough to handle, transplant seedlings into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 30cm (12in) apart. For best results, provide gritty compost in full sun.
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