How to Plant Cattail Seeds

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Cattail seeds thrive the best in extremely wet, swampy conditions, and the seeds can be harvested from the spent shoots. Create a naturalistic look in a garden using cattails with gardening help from an urban horticulturist in this free video on plant seeds.

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Hi! I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb for When you think about cattails you can raise them from seed. I know you look at it and you think it looks like a big, old brown hot dog. I can tell you one thing about cattails, where you see them it means you've got a lot of moisture. They'll only grow in the mud and in the flood areas where it stays really wet. Now, that being said, if you're ever lost, you can also eat the new shoots, if you're one of those survivor kind of guys. You can have a lot of fun, well, at least survive eating cattails. But going back to it, when that gets old, flaky and brown and it starts to fall apart, you'll find seeds and those seeds can be planted. If you got a wet area and you want to have a naturalistic look, some people will raise cattails to kind of give that, well, I guess survivor man look to their backyard, wet garden area. If you don't have a wet area, well, they're not going to grow. So they're very conducive and very much a wet buggy kind of plant. They're easy to grow, you're going to find them almost becoming a weed. I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb.


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