Hoodia gordonii, packet of 5 seeds
Family: Milkweed (Asclepiadaceae)
Hardy to Zones 9 to 13, otherwise grown in pots and brought in for the winter
Succulent perennial herb native to Southwestern Africa. Seed grown here in the USA (the plant is CITES listed). Grows to ~18 inches tall and forms clumps up to a foot wide. Traditional use: The herb is used by native peoples of the Kalahari during times of famine as a harmless appetite suppressant. Plant prefers full sun to part shade, dryish soils and truly does best in pots. Germination is relatively easy. Use standard cactus mix in a propagation flat or gallon pot. Lay the seeds on the surface of the mix and cover sparingly with coarse, sharp sand. Keep moist, in the light, and provide heat by means of solar greenhouse, sunlight and/or bottom heat at 80 degrees F. Hoodia makes a fine indoor plant and may be left in small pots in a light window. They thrive on minimal water.
5 seeds per packet, open pollinated, untreated, NO GMO’s
Note: Germination results on this seed are excellent. We planted 100 seeds and received 86 seedlings in 3 days. They rose up on the full moon. We planted on surface of soil and covered with 1/4 inch of sand mixed with a little coir and kelp. We watered the flat twice daily, feeling that a higher moisture content was important for good germination. Now that the seedlings are up, we are definitely backing off on the watering, to prohibit damping off. Richo
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