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He-shou-wu (Polygonum multiflorum) potted plant, organic

(3 customer reviews)

$8.50$57.00

Family: Buckwheat (Polygonaceae)

Hardy to zone 7 to 12

(Ho-shou-wu, He shou wu) (Fo-ti is a misnomer)  Vining herbaceous perennial from China. The plant is almost unstoppable and is a good choice for summer shade, for living houses, shade porches, fences, etc. Plant prefers full sun and rich, well-drained soil.  Traditional usage:  In TCM, the processed, brown-orange underground tubers used to nourish the jing–it is considered to be a sexual tonic.  Space plants 4 to 5 feet apart.

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  1. Question

    Stephanie hendricks

    When should it be planted during the year? Can it survive the freezing weather in the winter in Ohio?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Stephanie, thanks for writing. The best overwintering potential comes from a plant that is spring planted and well-established before frost. richo

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  2. Question

    Mari

    Hi, Can the leaves be eaten ?
    If so how do they taste ?
    Are the leaves also medicinal ?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Mari,
      Thanks for writing. The leaves are edible, neutral, not spectacularly tasty, astringent, with a hint of mucilage. not too different from eating a plantain leaf. I would stick with the Chinese method–cured or uncured tuber or the stems without the leaves. You can get the full Writeup including growing and curing methods on pages 261 to 262 of “Growing Plant Medicine Vol 1”
      Richo

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    • Amanda

      can this be grown as an annual in colder climates? (5b) Would the roots even be worth harvesting with that short growning season?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi amanda, it would be better to put your annual growing efforts into something like tulsi, which would yield better and be more useful. if you want more info on he-shou-wu, check “Growing Plant Medicine Vol 1” which has a complete monograph. richo

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  3. Question

    Brian

    So would you consider Ho sho wu semi deciduous in NorCal ie let some light through in the winter months? Thinking “ seasonal shade”

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi brian, leaves should fall off in the winter. vines themselves may stay budded or may dry up and go down to the crown. but the crown will ont die in ncal. r

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi brian, leaves should fall off in the winter. vines themselves may stay budded or may dry up and go down to the crown. but the crown will not die in ncal. r

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi! in Ncal, he shou wu should lose its leaves in the winter but the crown will remain live.

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    • Beatrice

      I live in a plant zone 6 will He Shou Wu survive if I can keep it protected outside from the weather elements out here? I know it says the plant hardiness.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi beatrice! these are listed for zones 7 to 12 so 6 is a bit cold for it. the plant does great in a 3-gallon pot, brought indoors or into a protected spot for the winter. r

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    • Richard

      Regarding the “rich soil” – I have several plants on my property near Gainesville, Florida growing in incredibly poor soil, only slightly better then beach sand. They just keep spreading, getting bigger every season. Some day I need to go root-hunting.

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  4. Question

    JD

    Does this root contain resveratrol? Would it be made available by making a tea from the root?

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  5. Question

    Kevin (verified owner)

    Dear Strictly Seeds Medicinals ,

    Do you have a tutorial on how to process the roots so that we may make a tea out of them ? So young just dig them up and boil them ? I tried to look this up on YouTube but there aren’t any videos that I found that had a step by step process . Thank you

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  6. Question

    Michael

    I’d love to let it vine up the orchard fence. Is it deer-proof?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Michael, Relatively deerproof by my recollection. Its been years since we let the deer in the he-shou-wu area but I remember they don’t like it much. richo

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    • Marcia

      Is this herb the same as Fo-ti? When will you get more roots to sell?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello MArcia,
      Yes, He-shou-wu is the correct Chinese name but it went under the marketing name of “fo-ti” at one point. These are available, you can order them.
      Richo

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      these are in stock. fo-ti is a misnomer but I know what you mean–he-shou-wu is correct.

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  7. Question

    Adrias Meisenheimer (verified owner)

    What stage of growth/ What age are the plants that will be shipped in March?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Adrias, Our he-shou-wu is always pretty well grown-out and reliably rooted. They could easily have a foot of aerials on them. Everyone assumes that because we start shipping plants in March that they will receive their plants in March, but this is not necessarily the case–we start shipping to warm weather zones first and may defer shipping to cold weather areas for several weeks until things warm up. If you need the plants shipped at a certain time, my advice is to order immediately and put your desired ship date in the “order comments” field at checkout. Richo

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  8. Question

    Mina

    I am looking for He-shou-wu seeds. I see that you can supply plants, but I need to germinate seeds under sterile conditions (research project) and supplies from China come with difficulties.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      The plant rarely makes seeds and when we got them once from China they were a no-germ.

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    • Annette

      Hello Richo
      I’m excited about growing an arbor of He Shou Wu in my zone 7 area. Is it best to plant in fall or spring?
      Please recommend how to control the growth
      Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Annette, Thanks for writing. Growth can be controlled by planting in pots or half-barrels. These should be spring planted in a Z 7. Richo

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  9. Question

    Sarah Danielsen (verified owner)

    I brought 3 plants from you, planed in an area with full afternoon sun,
    it has been a few weeks now; doesn’t seem to be growing much.
    i read on another site, it says it should be planted in shady area?
    so, sun or shade? please advice!

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    • 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Sarah, They will grow in sun or shade. It may take longer than a few weeks for them to kick in. They will want a trellis or a pole to climb up on. I always make sure to disturb the roots at transplant, otherwise the plant can think its still in a pot and refuse to throw new roots. Once it does root in, then aerial growth will increase accordingly. Richo

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  10. Question

    Thanh Pham

    Does it die in winter? I live in Northern California

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    Daniel

    Daniel (verified owner)

    I bought one of the small He Shou Wu plants and it arrived very well packaged. When I planted it in a pot it took right off, very vigorous growth. Thank you.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Oh, good, this was what we had hoped would happen. r

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    • WyWy

      Hi there, with the US-China trade war…. I wondered here’s the shipping base?

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    • 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      If I understand this correctly, the shipping base is Williams, Oregon, USA and the “trade war” has nothing to do with it, except if we want to wear sneakers, they cost 25% more!

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    • Luiz Fernando Cerdeira Grimuza

      Can you send seeds? Because I´m in Brazil and i think the plant would die because of the time between sending, clearence and all…

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Luiz,
      I’m sorry, we cannot send seeds or plants to Brazil. They are destroyed at Brazilian customs and a brochure is sent back to us, stating that these kinds of things are not allowed into Brazil.
      Richo

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    • Ernesto Carbajal

      Hi i just saw your message. Outs November 25th. Cam i still get a plant to me now? Please let me know. I’m very interested.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Ernesto, Right, we have shut down plant shipping for the season. Feel free to contact us in the spring, we normally do not run out of he-shou-wu. richo

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    • Jerry (verified owner)

      My plant is well-established here in El Paso but hasn’t grown upwards so much as sideways (ground cover). I think the low humidity has something to do with it. Prefers some shade.

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    • Alice

      Will this grow in 10a (SW Florida)? Should I grow it in well drained, or in damper/wetter soil?
      I need a good list of greens to grow for eating in salads and juicing. Would this be one of them?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Alice, Yes, He-shou-wu is hardy to zones 7 to 12 and will be evergreen in a z 10. The plant will grow in any soil including clay or gravel, but deep, well-drained soils will encourage formation of larger tubers. Wet soils are probably OK. richo

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      this isn’t a salad green. here’s a link to the leafy greens section: https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product-category/seeds/vegetable-seeds/leafy-greens/

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    • Melvin Woodard

      Hello, I live in Chicago Il., but I am purchasing land in Hudspeth County Texas. I plan to move there in a few years and I’m happy to know that this plant can grow easily in that area of the country. Thank you for your excellent insight and I look forward to speaking with you in the future. In the meantime would it be feasible to grow a plant indoors here in the Chicago area?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi melvin, thanks for staying in touch. he-shou-wu makes an easy potted plant and will really grow anywhere as long as it doesn’t get too cold. one thing that always perplexes, why don’t more people move to texas? r

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    • Tamar Dachoach

      Hi Richo,
      Any chance you’re selling seeds of this special plant? My guess is the germination rate is low and that’s why you’re not (maybe?) but I’m willing to pay to try and to fail ! because I’m not able to get a live plant. ps thanks for everything y’all do

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    • One person found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hello tamar, i’ll e-mail you if our plants make seeds. it is indeed a rare occurrence. richo

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    • Tamar Dachoach

      Thank you so much! I would be absolutely thrilled ! I’ve been known to baby my seeds and plants, and these will receive the royal pampering.

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    • Ian (verified owner)

      Hi I read this can cause liver toxicity. Is this true? Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Ian, See page 261 of “Growing Plant Medicine Vol 1” for harvest and preparation. The prepared he-shou-wu is stewed in black beans which debitters, disarms oxalic acid and improves tonic effect. Beware of negative press on the internet–the anti-plant people will have you thinking that gourd seeds will burn a hole in your pocket and bamboo will eat your stove. richo

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    • Ian (verified owner)

      Yes the anti plant people are ridiculous. I prepared it with black beans accordingly. I noticed that this encouraged mold. Any way to prevent this? Can they be made into a tincture once the black bean simmering is done or do they need to thoroughly dry? Thanks

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hello ian, i’ve always found it works well to rinse after stewing and dry in a dehydrator. richo

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