Hoodia gordonii, packet of 5 seeds, Organic

(5 customer reviews)

$4.95

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, certified organically grown

A few other facts/bits of advice on hoodia:

  1. How to make them flower:  I was a bit miffed when in June someone absolutely soaked my potted hoodias in the greenhouse, but the joke was on me, this caused them to flower gloriously!
  2. Another way to successfully plant the seeds:  Plant on surface of soil and cover with 1/4 inch of sand mixed with a little coir.  Water the flat twice daily–a higher moisture content is important for good germination.  Once the seedlings are up (3 to 5 days) back off on the watering, to prohibit damping off.

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  1. Question

    Luis Soto (verified owner)

    Hey Rich. What size pot do you recommend for final planting of this plant?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Luis, They appreciate root backpressure so I personally work them up slowly, from 4 inch at first on up to 3 gal. richo

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    • Luis (verified owner)

      Richo, are these 3 individual seedlings I can later divide and transplant or will it grow into 1 single plant?
      They’ve been this small for a while now – about a month with insignificant growth. Should they be in full sun? Also, how often should it be watered?
      Thanks in advance for your timely cooperation.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Luis,
      If the hoodia seedlings are not growing it could be a sign that it is time to individuate them and plant them to 4 inch pots, which often pushes the reset button on them and gets them started again. if you tease the seedlings apart, you will know how many you have. When the plants are growing fast they can withstand and utilize water every 3 days or so. If they’re in a muggy funk, don’t water them, it could be fatal. In any case an extremely fast-draining mix composed mainly of fine white pumice is crucial. r

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    • Ramona Campbell

      Just another house plant grower’s opinion on these little dudes. I had one thumb-sized start, sitting in a small pot, that would not grow. I finally dumped the soil out to find that someone had filled the pot mostly full of mason sand. The roots do not like mason sand. Cactus Plant Mix to the rescue, I now have a very healthy Hoodia, that is putting out cool limbs on the sides of the stems this year, with new growth all around. Don’t give up!

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    jasperdshide (verified owner)

    My seedlings show a very clear difference between the initial sprout and where the adult growth began. Will that thin seedling tissue thicken up or be replaced?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Thanks for the great photo. The smooth basal portion is characteristic to the plant and tends to persist although it will eventually be superseded. r

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  3. jasperdshide

    A lovely succulent

    jasperdshide (verified owner)

    Every seed sprouted within three days of planting, and I’ve found the seedlings to be remarkably resilient in terms of tolerating over- and underwatering (not that I’d recommend either!)

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    Eddie Spohn

    Eddie Spohn (verified owner)

    Seeds germinated in two days in plastic baggies placed on a heat mat set for 80 degrees Fahrenheit. All of them sprouted, not a dud in the bunch. That’s impressive in a natural product like seeds. Much respect, Richo, and thanks for helping me add another cool plant to my collection.

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    JDJ

    When do you expect to have these in stock again?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      With luck fall of 2019

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    • One person found this helpful

      J

      Thank you for responding so quickly (and on Sunday)!!! Incidentally, I love your website and have ordered from you many times, and will continue to de so.

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      Admin Richo Cech

      we remain at your service

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    • Neal Campbell

      Always top-tier hospitality… Kinda like an extension of my farming family. In the last 20 years of patronage, I just can’t recall any disappointments…so maybe that’s not so much like family afterall ? Waiting for Hoodia germplasm also. Love you guys, ALOHA!

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    • 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Neal, Ditto on the family thing. as for not recalling any failures, that is known as “selective memory.” I will e-mail you when and if hoodia seed becomes available. richo

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