Iviva Olenick

Indigo at GrowNYC, Summer 2018

The journey to Governors Island on the Manhattan Ferry felt long…
The Japanese indigo we transplanted in May grew quickly, but flowered too soon. Transplantation shock?
Japanese indigo in July…It grew quickly, continuing to flower. To encourage growth in height, I pinched off flowers with my hands.
We had also planted woad, or “Medieval indigo,” native to Europe. This plant looks entirely different from Japanese indigo, and is not related yet still contains indigotin, the blue-dye or indigo-producing chemical.


Instructional sign about indigo. Summer 2018 at GrowNYC Teaching Garden.