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

$6.95

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 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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    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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