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Cordia verbenacea (Erva Baleeira) packet of 5 seeds, organic

$4.95

Family:  Borage (Boraginacea)

Hardy to Zones 8 to 12

(Erva Baleeira, “Black Sage”) Perennial woody bush to small tree to 12 feet tall, native to Brazil, flowering white, aromatic, giving way to fleshy red fruits on drooping terminal racemes.  Sturdy multistemmed bushes with rough, dark-green, trichome-laden leaves.  Traditional use (S. American herbalism):  Infections, cough.  Source of antibiotic essential oils humulene and caryophyllene:  analgesic, antiinflammatory and muscle relaxant.  Plant prefers sun to part shade and moist soils.  May be grown in potted culture and kept trimmed back to size, brought indoors or into the cold greenhouse for the winter.  May also act like an herbaceous perennial and die back to the root only to resprout in spring. Sow seeds in warm soil.  Germination in 40 days.  High rates of germination and ease of germination–no replacement or refunds on cordia seed.  you can do this.   Space plants 3 to 6 feet apart.

Packet of 5 seeds, organic

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  1. thenaekedgardener (verified owner)

    What is the minimum temperature for hardiness of roots???
    Would you say that dieback of top growth is somewhere around 20F?
    What has your personal experience taught you on the absolute hardiness in the field?
    Have you initiated any tests on dieback and absolute survivability for minimum aerial and root hardiness???

    Hardy to zones 8-12; I’m in z0ne 8b…. I will see how well they persist to survive and adapt through winter……
    I’m going to germinate 1 packet immediately, grow them out and up until mid fall when they should start to harden off (no nitrogen amendments of any sort through
    this entire time).
    Grow in very well draining soil ( 1 part local fine beach sand, 1 part local well aged insect infested stump materials; fine, 4 parts local native forest topsoil; after casting aside all mulch debris (save mulch), some perlite, greensand and homemade or local found biochar; fine……..
    Top dress with well draining mulch (saved mulch from forest; leaves and twigs from many seasons mixed together with a little white mycorrhizae about), and a few pinches of fine beach sand and perlite………

    Now my question; once hardened off by mid- late fall ( like 15 weeks of growth after germination) should I bring these babies in to overwinter indoors there first winter or do you think that seeding just 1 packet is worth the experiment altogether??? Do you think they’ll survive at only 15 weeks of growth before initiating the process of winterization; if left outside for mother’s cold grasp?

    I’m doing this for most of my zone 7,8 and even 9 minimum plants, living life on the edge, testing limits!…!…….
    Gotu Kola, Moringa, Bacopa, Geranium, Lemon Verbena, Ashwagandha, Debregeasia edulis, Manuka, etc. in z0ne 8b Vancouver, WA!
    Now I’m excited for this mini trial!!! What are your thoughts, my friends?
    Tread lightly, spread your roots deeply; my friends……. Naeked

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      in short, bring indoors to overwinter. we’ve kept all of our stock plants in heated greenhouses and don’t recommend putting them out in frost. we have not tested the limits but feel free to do so. we recommend planting the berries immediately on receipt. they do fine that way. r

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    • Paula Morini

      Hi, I received the email and followed the link but it says its out of stock. Can you please let me know how I can purchase these.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Paula, I’m sorry, these sold out rqpidly. However the mother plants are making more–hit waitlist and you’ll get an e-mail when we enable more packets. Richo

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    • Paula Morini

      Hi! I got the notification again and it still says out of stock on the website. Any chance I can call you and give you my card number and info? Don’t want to miss this. Thanks

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Paula, I’ll try to e-mail you when the next set of Cordia is nearly ripe. Meanwhile pleas do hit waitlist again. Richo

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