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Jiao-gu-lan, Japanese (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) potted vine, organic

(12 customer reviews)

$7.50

Family:  Cucurbit (Cucurbitaceae)

Hardy to zone 7 to 12, commonly grown as a potted plant and brought in for the winter.

(Immortality, Amachazu, Jiao-gu-lan)  Herbaceous or perennial dioecious vine native to China, Tibet, Japan and Southeast Asia, the blue-green leaves of this perennial vine are commonly made into tea. Does well in pots and is commonly kept in a light window. Outdoors, a thick mulch will assist these beauties in surviving harsh winters, or you can overwinter them indoors (they grow!) or in a cold greenhouse to add some protection.  Trellis.  Traditional usage:  adaptogen and life extension.  To explain one of the gallery images–it is a specialized jiao-gu-lan bed in a greenhouse, with deep, rich soil surrounded by rocks.  You can see the jiao-gu-lan roots planted to the perimeter of the bed.  The vines (male and female) will drape over the sides and fruit in season.  r

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  1. Question

    Maggie

    Hello! Will these be back in stock for 2022? Thanks for all you do!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi Maggie, YES! richo

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    • Maggie

      Awesome! Any chance you can estimate when back in stock? Thanks, Richo!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      please hit waitlist. we’re catching our tails on plant shipping, will re-inventory and put many “sold out” plants back up for sale 5/15/2022. r

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    • Rebecca

      I’m on the wait list, but just curious if there will be more potted plants available later this year or if I should plan for next year. Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Rebecca,
      Thanks for contacting. We’re in the midst of inventory and lots of plants like this are being enabled for fall sales. Jiao makes a great indoor plant, too. richo

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  2. Question

    Hanna

    Hi Richo! Thanks for being an amazing resource for amazing plants! Will you have Jiaogulan in stock in 2022? If so do you know when?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi hanna, i know nursery staff already has these potted up. i’ll ask them to enable sales. hit waitlist. it’ll be soon, and thanks for wanting them. r

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  3. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Katie Chang

    Katie Chang

    vigorous plants. Started with 3. This picture is from season 3.

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    • scottziehos

      Will they be back in stock soon?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi scott, we’ll definitely strive to list this again soon, we do have some coming on, i wish to list only when i know the plants will cause happiness on receipt. r

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  4. Question

    Michell

    Do you have the plant in stock? I was reading and they were saying you need a male and female planted close together. Is this true Richo?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Michell,
      Thanks for contacting! Jiao-gu-lan plants are still in stock. Yes, they are dioecious, meaning male plants and female plants. For herbal use, one does not require both sexes–either one will do. For the purpose of making seeds, you need both male and female plants. Seed production is rather difficult with this species, which is typical to plants that reproduce readily from running rhizomes/stolons. We don’t sell sexed individuals, its pot luck, suggest getting 3 if you want to assure both male and female. Richo

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    • Florence Pitcher

      Will they tolerate brackish water? I would like to keep them, yet My garden floods from time to time.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Florence,
      I would recommend instead Gao-liang-jiang (Alpinia officinarum) for this kind of microniche, I’m not at all sure that the Gynostemma would tolerate it. Richo

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  5. Question

    bethanyziman (verified owner)

    Is there any harm in harvesting Jiaogulan to dry for tea after it has gone to seed? Time got away from me!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi bethany, there is no harm. probably best not to use the fruits themselves in tea, they are a bit strong. richo

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    • Ty

      Is this considered the sweet form or bitter form?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      sweet

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    • Scott

      How old do they have to be to tell the difference between sweet and bitter or any age?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      any age

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    • scottziehos

      are they sweet eaten raw as well, or do the leaves need to be dried?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi scott, thanks for contacting. it is better to dry the leaves and make the tea, yes. the jiao can be eaten fresh and some poeple like it, but it is basically a tea herb, so drying makes it tastier. a good jiao tea tastes like nettle tea with honey. r

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  6. Samantha

    Amazing little plant

    Samantha

    Loved my Jiao gu lan for several years…but sadly through my own neglect, she is no more. I hope to see these offered in live plant form again soon! I miss my invigorating tea! Green Blessings to you beautiful folk at Strictly! ?

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    • One person found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Sam,
      Yes, we have these in the making and we have a good-looking seed crop coming on. Stay tuned.
      Richo

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  7. Tally Cats

    Amazing climber!

    Tally Cats

    Since planted it has doubled in size in less than a month. I can literally watch this amazing plant grow! Its delicious in tea and a great Cilantro alternative.

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    • Lila McClellan

      Are the berries edible?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      not really

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  8. One person found this helpful
    Mary

    Great as a potted plant!

    Mary

    This healthy plant arrived with others. I live in northern MN (zone 3) with lots of deer, voles, slugs…so didn’t even think of planting it outside. It makes an incredibly beautiful potted plant, growing up a trellis. I need to regularly harvest and use the foliage in tea to keep it from taking over the world. It seems to overwinter well inside, too. Richo always delivers great plants!

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  9. Question

    Tristan

    Will a thick mulch protect Jiao-gu-lan from harsh winters outdoors in Indiana? I would like to grow it indoors and outdoors if possible.

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    • One person found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Tristan,
      You’re one or two zones too cold for jiao-gu-lan to overwinter. The mulch idea might be good, I can’t really say, I overwinter mine in beds without mulch in an unheated greenhouse and they come back fine in the spring.
      Richo

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    • Ila

      I’m in Scotland and I’ve had to grow it indoors for years. Goes dormant for many months here then always comes back in April/May. I grow it indoors now whereas many years ago I grew it outdoors because I was living in California back then. Soon I’ll move to a more temperate country so I can go back to growing medicinal plants outdoors again.

      Much love, stay safe.

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  10. adamjeanchristopher

    A beautiful and healthy lil' guy!

    adamjeanchristopher (verified owner)

    Ordered this lil’ guy a few weeks back(along with two other plants) and was incredibly surprised at the spectacular packaging!!
    Having never ordered any live plants before, part of me expected to receive a wilted and sun-deprived little thing, hahaha!
    But the plants were packed amazingly well, i was truly surprised to find un-smunched and perky plants! They are now established in their new home and growing happily!
    Thank you guys!

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  11. 4 out of 4 people found this helpful
    Bud

    Exceptionally vigorous plants

    Bud

    Last year I ordered 3 jiaogulan with 3 ashitaba. Upon opening the package I saw the jiaogulan had wrapped tendrils around the ashitaba– for support during the ride, I’m sure! 😉

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  12. One person found this helpful
    Julie Wawirka

    pretty darn cold hardy so far

    Julie Wawirka

    This has overwintered well in my unheated greenhouse. Last year was cold enough to kill the Hill’s Hardy rosemary there, around -15F, but this plant was fine. It is increasing and spreading by rooting. I had plants overwinter with snow cover outside, but the voles were quite fond of it. ( The chickens love it as a green too!)

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    • maiacuclinic (verified owner)

      So glad to hear this! I’m in zone 4 so it’s be great to overwinter this outside if possible.

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    rlance (verified owner)

    I searched everywhere for a source of organic Jiao-gu-lan. I have often been offered a healing tea from this herb when I am in Temples in China. I found these and ordered three. The price was so reasonable that I was sure they would be tiny barely rooted cuttings. Much to my surprise, I promptly received three beautiful balls of vigorously rooted plants in great condition. Thank you ever so much. I will so enjoy drinking tea next summer.

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  14. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    M Warren

    M Warren (verified owner)

    I ordered 3 of these at the end of spring. They are in a hanging pot, mostly shaded, and have grown about 4-5 feet. Best of all, they survived and thrived throughout our hot Texas summer (many days 100+ degrees) with only minimal wilting! I’ll be ordering more…

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    • Rosemarie Schaefer

      I live in Texas as well and I’m delighted to hear that these plants tolerated our hot Texas summers.

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    • Jenn (verified owner)

      I ordered this plant last year and love it! The deer and the slugs and the pillbugs also love it. Struggling to get it to come back this year with all the love.

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    • One person found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Right, my approach to this is usually to pull out old mulch from around the plant and replace with sand, which pillbugs do not like. As for deer, they can be devastating, and most of the traditional approaches (caging, fencing, dogs) are quite labor-intensive. A mixed planting with plenty of Mediterraneans in there can help.

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    • One person found this helpful

      nrc3neal

      G. pentaphyllum is dioecious. How early can you sex the plant? Will I need to order randoms to eventually find mates or might you be able to determine gender in your nursery?
      Grateful!

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    • One person found this helpful
      Diana

      Diana

      Sorry, we haven’t had it together enough to separate the plants into male and female. We probably will have seed coming on so if you click on the waitlist for seeds then you’ll get an e-mail when seeds are available, and you can start them from seed, and then you’ll be sure to have both males and females. Otherwise maybe order 3 plants and go for pot luck, you may get both sexes. The plants flower very late in the year so you can usually sex them in the fall of the first or second year. r

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    • Trin

      Your plants are quite vigorous! I ordered jiaogulan and ashitaba a couple of years back, when I opened the package I noticed that the jiaogulans had curled some tendrils around the ashitaba stem for support during the ride. I carefully uncurled them while removing the plants.

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Trin,
      Thanks for that!
      Richo

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    • One person found this helpful

      mike burridge

      Bought multiple plants nearly 3 years ago, growing like a wild fire, mother plant has vines that reach 30-40 feet during the warm season

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    • One person found this helpful

      Katie Chang

      Hi Richo! 3rd or 4th season since purchase of 3 plants from Strictly Medicinal. All the plants I have ordered always arrive in fantastic condition. The packing really protects. Those three plants have thoroughly naturalized to my yard in zone 7B Baltimore Maryland. It is coming up everywhere! I harvested it moderately hard throughout the last season – necessary to contain it, but its nice when stuff is so plentiful you can harvest liberally and not be concerned about plant taking over. If I don’t like where it’s growing – I harvest it. There was enough to get me through the winter and plenty to share! Do you know if deer or other woodland animals like it? Rabbits don’t bother it. Slugs love it.

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    • 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Katie,
      Thanks for staying in touch. You must have a shady yard. I do think that deer will eat Jiao-gu-lan. Richo

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    • nrc3neal

      Mahalo Katie Chang for the review; it will help me situate them in my agroforest in HI.

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    • Jenny Wilder (verified owner)

      Will Jiaogulan seeds require cold stratification before planting? And also need light for germination? I am reading different info, and that they are hard to germinate. Any advice?

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    • 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi jenny, they are easy to germinate in a cool greenhouse. Most growers fail with these because they cook them–I’d keep around 65 degrees F for decent germ. As with many plants that propagate readily from running rhizomes, the plant is a scanty seed producer (usually one or two seeds per berry) and given the very late maturation, most growers find they freeze out before berry production. In other words, my advice is to get a plant and propagate off of that–much easier. richo

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    • Jenny Wilder (verified owner)

      Thank you for the info! Much appreciated. I have seen conflicting info on cold stratification of seeds before planting. I assume that would also cause no germination…sorry for the rookie questions! ?

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    • One person found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hey, no problem, at your service

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    • Michael Monaghan

      Hi Richo
      My backyard in Central North Carolina has much shade with Pecan Trees. If I mulch and use raised beds could this Jiao gu lan survive the winter? Much rain here also, like almost 60 inches a year. But the sun is shinning mostly.
      Mike

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Michael, My original Jiao gu lan came from Mountain Gardens near Burnsville. The plant overwinters readily in NC, especially if you treat in the manner you describe. r

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    • Michael Monaghan

      Thank you this is just one of the reasons I buy seeds from you Richo. Cannot get knowledge and service like this anywhere that I have seen.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      my pleasure

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    • Rebecca Ryan (verified owner)

      I received my plants last week. I live in Phoenix AZ, can these be planted in the shade where they only get a couple of hours of sun per day? What’s ideal in my hot climate?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi rebecca, i do think these need to be planted in the shade in phoenix. they appreciate a rich, moist soil and a trellis. A deep coir mulch will help keep the roots cool. r

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    • michelle (verified owner)

      Hey I got one of these from you back in 2020 and it’s overwintered for 2 years in a row in my USDA zone 5 garden. I haven’t made any effort to shelter it at all. It’s a great plant and makes excellent tea. I’ve also been keeping it as a houseplant.

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    • Michael Monaghan

      Received 3 plants and put them out in beds. All 3 rooted and are spreading. Nice! My Rehmannia I received is taking off well too. Thank you Richo

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