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

$3.95

Note:  2019 harvest quite good, upped seed count from 5 per packet to 10 per packet.  Our experiments showed floaters to be no good and these were discarded.  Remaining heavy seeds showed high rate of germination in 3 days, although this may have been due to use of extremely fresh seeds.  As they dry out, germination times may increase.  RAC

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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    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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      Admin Richo Cech

      no

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