Flax, Foster (Organic)
Linum usitatissimum. 100 days.
Pretty, dark blue flowers are followed by beautiful, golden-yellow seeds with very high oil content. A little late to mature, but higher oil content is worth the wait. Golden flax has a delicious flavor that is milder than brown flax types. Foster flax is named for Foster County, North Dakota. It was released in 1969 by North Dakota State University, and developed for high yields and resistance to all North American flax rust races.
Sow indoors in March for transplant, or direct sow as early as possible in the spring. Direct sow 2-3 seeds per inch in rows as close as 6″ apart, optimal plant density is 30 plants per square foot for oilseed flax.
Harvest and Seed Saving
Harvest for grain or seed saving when seeds rub out easily in your hand, from brown, dry seedheads. Lay on a tarp to dry for several days, then dance, rub, or flail seeds from seedheads. Winnow to clean or place seeds in a bowl and make stirring motion with your arm; chaff rises to the top for easy removal. To minimize cross pollination, isolate from other flax varieties by 30 feet, or more if you have lots of bees.