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

$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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    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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    judith

    Will this tolerate dry summers?

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      Admin Richo Cech

      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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