Chaparral (Larrea tridentata), packet of 50 seeds

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(Creosote Bush)
Family:  Caltrop (Zygophyllaceae)
Hardy to 5 degrees F, colder if kept dry.  The plant dislikes cold, wet conditions.
Evergreen perennial bush native to the SW US and Mexico.  This is one of the longest lived plants on Earth.  A living plant has been carbon dated to 13,000 years before the present. The antimicrobial, anticancer and free radical scavenging activities of the potent anti-oxidant NDGA and other molecules found in this plant are well-known. However, this is very potent medicine and in my opinion is best to use as a low-dose botanical, and best used externally.  Repeated internal overdose can be toxic to the liver and/or kidneys.  Plant prefers full sun, well-drained, alkaline and sandy soil.  Sow seed in spring or summer, in pots containing Cactus mix. Cover seed with 1/8 inch of sand and keep warm, in the light and barely moist until germination, which occurs in 3 to 5 weeks.  The seed itself is covered by a fuzzy pericarp, which does not need to be removed.  Upon germination, the pericarp often balances on top of the seedling like a little fuzz helmet.  After the seedlings reach an inch or two, individuate to gallon pots and grow out that way for at least a year before transplanting.  The plant may be kept in pots as a bonsai in places outside its native range.  Inside its native range it is OK to transplant outdoors.  Space plants at least 3 feet apart. 
50 seeds/pkt., Open Pollinated

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  1. One person found this helpful
    Christopher Gon

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    Christopher Gon

    This plant simply is impossible to start from seed. Nothing against the product sold HERE, just this is not a seed plant it seems. I have tried for 5 or 6 years, seed from this site x 3 and others. I know what to do. I have many, many plants from seed that I have successfully germinated and grown despite all odds. This one seems to be impossible.

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    • Denise Lonewolf

      Denise Lonewolf

      Could you detail the planting medium you used? & any other helpful suggestions. I live near Houston but there’s a spot in my yard that seems to think we are living in the desert.😕

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Denise,
      Chaparral is relatively easy to start from seeds. Use a standard Cactus Mix that you can buy at a nursery supply store, or make your own using 50% fast-draining ingredients (pumice/coarse sharp sand) and 50% compost. The more exacting recipe is in my book “The Medicinal Herb Grower.” Don’t overwater the seedlings, they tend to damp off.
      Richo

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    • Christopher Gon

      Christopher Gon (verified owner)

      Recent order was a slam dunk and just placed another order. Initial review 7 months ago was harsh with frustration and oh yes, it did take many attempts, but the germination most recently was insane good, I have several seedlings looking strong and good, desert plants can be so odd! I placed another order as my most recent attempt I just dumped the seeds in a lump into the soil after they had soaked in the boiling water and what I got was a tangle of seeds, my guess is 90-100% germination, and I had to thin. And I want more plants. Very happy after all this time.

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi there, I think all of us have our own species that work well for us and others that do not. This can be due to planting medium and environment and is not necessarily indicative of experience or skill. I always get good results with chaparral. Be careful to observe your planting carefully, as the seedlings are somewhat camouflaged, not only by their muted color, but because they carry the seedcoat on the plumule at germination. I have received plenty of reports of good germination on these seeds, and replace them with new seeds from harvest to harvest (ie yearly). r

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