Fiber Flax

Linum usitatissimum               90 – 105 days

This variety of flax has been bred for it’s fibers which are spun into linen. Of all the fiber crops I have trialled for here in Northern Indiana, Fiber Flax seems the most logical as it is early and prefers a cooler climate. Cotton requires a long hot season and Kenaf grows well here in the North, but does not always produce viable seed before frost. Flax is early maturing (3-31/2 months) and easy to grow. I started my plants indoors on April 17th and transplanted into the garden on May 19th. Harvest was July 31st . With such a quick period of time to maturity (105 days), I am sure flax could be direct seeded in the field. This would solve the volume problem. A few flats of flax will yield a small amount of workable fiber and seed. It would be more efficient to plant a large area by broadcasting and raking in. The spacing requirements is 4” and the seed is planted at a depth of 1/2”. This variety (brown flax) can be consumed the same as the culinary variety (golden flax), making this a great, dual purpose crop. I plan to work with this crop in the future and, if I can find the time, learn how to process the fiber into a usable product. Like Kenaf, this requires retting the stalks and dressing the fibers before spinning.

dry flax 1000 by 750flax fibers 1000 by 750

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8 Responses to Fiber Flax

  1. Rexenne Reeves says:

    Please let me know when this comes back into stock.

  2. Sarah says:

    I don’t know if you are still selling flax seed for fiber, but I am interested in finding some to plant. Please let me know if you are still selling the seed.
    Thank you!

  3. Scott Miller says:

    Looking for course and fine flax fiber from USA source

    can you help


    • John Sherck says:

      I do not know of anyone who grows flax to sell the fibers. Possibly someone will
      see your post and have a source. I will keep my ears open in the mean time.

    • Scott Hucker says:

      We saved our fiber plants when we harvested the seed. Currently, holding them in the barn. Only a bundle, maybe 8 inches in diameter when compressed. How many are you seeking?
      Scott Hucker

  4. Diana Mackey says:

    Hi John, Try looking up “Flax to Linen” in the search field on Pinterest. There are several boards addressing the way to process fiber into a useable product. I did so as I needed to find out how to process the future crop from the seeds I purchased from you! Hope this helps.

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