Ephedra, Bluestem (Ephedra equisetina), packet of 10 seeds, organic

(3 customer reviews)

$4.95

Family:  Joint Fir (Ephedraceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 10

(Blue Stem Joint Fir, Mu-zei-ma-huang) Perennial, primitive subshrub native to the arid steppes of China and Russia. Rare.  Extremely robust on the landscape.  Traditional usage (TCM): a secondary source of  Ma-huang.  Sow seeds on surface of sandy mix, cover with 1/8 inch of sand, tamp securely and keep warm and evenly moist until germination, which takes 14 days.  Individuate seedlings to pots and grow on for a year before transplanting to landscape.  Plant prefers sun and very fast draining soils.  Mulch with sand or volcanic rock.  Space plants 3 feet apart.

Packet of 10 seeds, Certified Organically Grown

 

 

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  1. Jasper Shide

    Easiest species of a difficult genus

    Jasper Shide (verified owner)

    I’ve personally found the Ephedras to be extremely finicky to start and maintain, but this species in particular hasn’t given me much trouble. Sterilizing the seed with hydrogen peroxide, nicking the edges of the seed coat and soaking in warm water for 12 hours before planting in sterile soil led to germination in just under a week and greatly reduced instances of root rot. From there it’s just a matter of reducing watering to the appropriate levels, a process made less stressful with the knowledge that a wilted seedling can be revived but a drowned one can’t.

    Oh, and when in doubt just neglect this plant – it seems to prefer it.

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    Gerardo David Barragán Garzon

    It is safe to ship and how different it is from other species in terms of ephedrine and male / female germination

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Safe to ship within the USA and rather similar in constituent profile to Ephedra sinica. I have found that the germination is about 50/50 female/male. r

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    • Gerardo David Barragán Garzon

      and for Mexico, how long will it take to arrive?

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      Richo Cech

      We cannot ship to Mexico–most packages never arrive.

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    Robert Richmond (verified owner)

    Will these cross pollinate my ephedra sinica?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      no, they are distinct species

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    Dan Butler (verified owner)

    So do I want to give them any type of nutrients or do I give them just water? And when watered how much should I give them? Is any cactus potting mix okay to use?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Dan,
      The plants will derive nutrients from the substrate. Any good cactus mix should contain 50% compost or soil which will be good for the ephedras. Optimally these get transplanted eventually to the landscape. No, you never fertilize them. Water only after surface dries out. Water in the usual manner, neither too much nor too little.
      Richo

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    • Ian Maas

      Seems you’ve had a run on the ephedra seed. maybe next year. Are you familiar with ephedra distachya. Might be a European species.
      Thanks Richo!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Ian, You were keeping close track i think. I decided to personally plant the rest of the seeds. Probably I’ll have more next year, these are fairly dependable, and I’m playing with the idea of enabling the plants. As for distachya, that’s the sea grape joint fir and I haven’t grown that yet and want to. It is very fruit productive. The distribution is not unlike sinica–gritty soils of the chinese and russian steppes. Richo

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    judith

    Will this tolerate dry summers?

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      Yes, and in fact if the summer be of the moist kind, a deep mulch of volcanic cinder or coarse sharp sand will be critical to the survival of the plants–they do no like to have their feet (or their crown) wet.

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    Jessica Woltring

    is this plant poisonous?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      no

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