20 Nov The Cultivation of the Mythical Edelweiss
During the 16th century, the first rock gardens were set up with Alpine plants in England. In continental Europe similar things were happening firstly in the 19th century. The cultivation as an ornamental plant succeeded relatively simply. However, the Edelweiss, at lower altitudes (below 1,000 m above sea level) appears not so white and bright.
Around 1990 researchers, such as Charles Rey and others, strived to create growing sites for high-quality, easy to cultivate and active ingredient intensive Edelweiss.
Helvetia-Swiss Edelweiss: The Most Ingredient Intensive
In Wallis, Switzerland in 1993 during test phases, different varieties were combined at biological agriculture sites. Together with mountain farmers, they created and tested in different regions and altitudes from 1000 to 2200 meters above sea level. 10 years later it was finally determined that “Helvetia” was the most suitable site for Edelweiss.
This is characterised by its excellent germination, good agricultural cultivation, regular growth, numerous bloomings and a constant and high ingredient potency.
In 2005, the first “Helvetia” – Edelweiss site was set-up. Since then, the Edelweiss has been biologically cultivated in several regions in Switzerland and to a lesser extent in Austria (eg Kräuterhof Zemanek, Fischbachalm) and successfully commercially marketed.