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Eleuthero, Spineless (Eleutherococcus senticosus) potted shrub, organic

$26.00

Family:  Ginseng (Araliaceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 7

(Ci-wu-jia, Siberian Ginseng) Woody perennial shrub with ginseng-like leaves and white flowers giving way to the blue-black fruits. Rare in cultivation. Native to North Korea, northern China and Siberia. The root and root bark are the parts used.  Traditional usage: adaptogen.  Source of eleutherosides. The plant will thrive in full sun and moist soil in the north, but prefers shade and moist soil in hotter, more southerly locations.  Plant does well with standard garden soil and may be spaced 10 feet apart.

Potted shrub, Certified Organically Grown

 

    

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  1. Question

    Jay

    Have you started eleuthero from seed before? I tried last year with 6 mos. of warm stratification in my kitchen planted in flats, followed by a month of cold stratification in a well insulated cooler with ice packs. The flats did dry out periodically in warm strat., maybe this explains my lack of success? This year I would like to try keeping the seed unplanted but just in a bag indoors for the warm strat. Then, plant them in flats for the month of cold strat. What would you suggest as to growing from seed?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Jay,
      Yes, that is how I got both cultivars (spiny and spineless) going in the first place. I find that they are standard overwintering germinators. Outdoor flats in the shade, well-screened, work best.
      Richo

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  2. Question

    Gwyn (verified owner)

    Thank you so much for Eleuthero! I love it! Mine has a few spines. I have a pruning question…when it was a tiny baby it had an upright stalk that didn’t survive but a side stalk did! I waited to see if more shoots would come, but it stayed as one branch angled right from the base. The plant is healthy and has a small flower, and now I am wondering if I should prune it to be more upright, how much to prune, and when is a good time? Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Gwyn,
      “Spineless” eleuthero does have some spines. Its a relative thing. Spiny eleuthero bristles with spines. Normally the live bush is not pruned but allowed to take a natural shape. Prune dead wood out. If you want to train the plant to a more upright position, then stake it.
      Richo

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  3. Question

    Jenifer Bliss

    how tall do Eluthros get? And how long before you are able to harvest bark? Thinking of growing some… when you have them again.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, nice, we would have these again in the spring for spring planting. They get about 12 feet tall. The root bark may be harvested after 3 years.

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  4. Question

    Chris Cincotta

    Are these grown from seed? If not, are both male and female plants available? Are both required for fruit?
    Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Eleuthero is monoecious, meaning both male and female parts are on the same plant. These are cuttings from my mature trees. Once they size up, yes, they readily fruit.

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  5. Question

    Dina Falconi

    How does the spineless Eleutherococcus senticosus you offer differ from the spiny version? They have the same scientific name; so is the one you offer a cultivar? Do the spiny and spineless have the same medicinal value? Thanks! Dina

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Dina,
      Thanks for the good questions. There is variability in Eleutherococcus senticosus–some ecotypes are very spiny, others less spiny. We have concentrated on the less spiny type because it is less dangerous to the touch. However, be careful, an occasional spine does occur! We tested the spineless type against the spiny type (HPTLC) and found that both contained the eleutherosides a and b. Best regards, richo

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  6. Question

    Valentina Arias

    When will you have this in stock again?

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    • Diana

      Admin Diana

      In the spring.

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    Eleutherococcus senticosus (spineless)

    Vicki Fisher

    This is my plant from Strictly Medicinal. This is her 3rd spring (and I moved her last spring end of May!! from NY to PA) She threw a thorned branch last year but it withered and died. She is around four and half feet high and I intend to start pruning her height at this point. She is in part-shade, zone 5.

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  8. Raymond

    Raymond (verified owner)

    You guys are amazing! Not only is Strictly Medicinal the only supplier of this plant, the quality, care and love put into the plants is superb. The plant I received is doing wonderfully now and arrived in prime condition. For any plant enthusiast, preservationists or green thumbs alike, this is the place for everything from the rare, the niche, the sacred and the delicious.

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    Irmgard Tank (verified owner)

    As a long-time customer of Strictly Medicinal (even when it still was Horizon Herbs) and I have never been disappointed! The quality of the plants clearly shows the care and feed they receive during their cultivation. The shipping has always been impeccable. Yesterday I received another 10 potted plants and not even a single leaf of any of those plants got damaged! The people at Strictly Medicinal are experts, they package the plants such that they will withstand the journey and will arrive happy to grow in a new environment.
    I can only hope and wish that they will continue to do well and be able to provide us with unusual medicinal herbs that we can grow and turn into medicines…. I agree with Margaret above – there simply is no other medicinal herb, seed and plant provider who comes even close to the variety of plants offered here.
    Thank you Richo and family for everything you do – we do appreciate it! 🙂

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  10. Margaret FitzGibbon

    Margaret FitzGibbon (verified owner)

    My Eleutherococcus senticosus plants arrived today (I’m clear across the country in NY state) and they were beautifully packed and arrived in wonderful condition. I’m thrilled with them.

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  11. Margaret FitzGibbon

    Margaret FitzGibbon

    You are the only place I have found that carries Eleutherococcus senticosus. Thank you!

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