Production and processing of organically grown fiber nettle (Urtica dioica L.) and its potential use in the natural textile industry: a review.

  title={Production and processing of organically grown fiber nettle (Urtica dioica L.) and its potential use in the natural textile industry: a review.},
  author={Christian R. Vogl and Anna Hartl},
  journal={Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems},
  • C. Vogl, Anna Hartl
  • Published 1 September 2003
  • Biology
  • Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems
In Europe, the perennial stinging nettle was cultivated during the 19th century until the Second World War and has a long history as a fiber plant. Clone varieties dating back to the early 20th century are still maintained at European research institutions. The fiber content of clones ranges from 1.2 to 16% dry matter, and fiber yields range from 0.14 to 1.28 Mg/ha. Varietal purity of fiber nettle can only be achieved by planting cuttings. The harvesting of fiber starts in the second year of… 

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