Ma-huang (Ephedra sinica), packet of 20 seeds, Organic [AUS/NZ no]

(4 customer reviews)

$5.95

Family: Ephedraceae

Hardy to Zones 3 to 9

Perennial, primitive shrub. Native to the steppes of north and northwestern China. Rare offering of the main official species. Does well in pots.  Dried stem is a natural adrenergic stimulant to the central nervous system and a bronchodilator for treating colds and asthma. The whole herb, dried and used in small doses, poses no threat to the health. However, the very young, the very old, and the pregnant mother would best avoid using this stimulating herb. Ma-huang prefers full sun and dry, sandy soils. Seed planting and germination:  The seed is easy to germinate in a warm, sandy medium. Strew the seed on surface of very sandy potting soil (50% sand) and barely cover with more of the same potting soil.  Tamp securely and keep evenly moist until germination, which in the greenhouse or under propagation lights should take about 11 days.  If you are trying to do this outside in the garden it might take longer, as cold nights will prolong germination times.  Also, planting directly in the garden is chancy and not really recommended.  Basically you want to provide as much control as possible (ie plant in flats) because the seedlings are small and you need to work them up to about 4 inches before they can survive the rigors of transplant and growing outdoors.  After germination, back off on the watering because the young seedlings can easily damp off–this is a desert plant.  We grow the plants in a sand mulch, about 4 inches thick, in the full sun, with moderate watering. They create, in 2 or 3 years, a stubby, woody trunk bristling with the jointed stems. The flower is inconspicuous, but the fruits are quite fascinating–fleshy scales adhered together at the end of the branch, colored orange, gooey and mucilaginous, and very sweet to the taste, containing the paired seeds with their flattened sides lightly clasped together. Space plants 2 feet apart.

Organically Grown,  20 seeds/pkt.

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  1. nrc3neal

    Reliable, fun & educational

    nrc3neal

    This current batch, 4 of 5 seeds germinated in 8 days, and are now starting to grow a 3rd a 4th leaf by 3 weeks time. Of the ones that do eventually germinate, like 70% germ in 8-10 days, and the rest trickle in for weeks. I think Richo’s description might say something to that effect? I’ve done the wrong thing, situating them on the wet side of the greenhouse. While Ive not had mass dampoff, the Ephedras stunt and turn yellow for me when irrigated. I dessicate the hell outta those and they bounce back. In the wet tropics (windward Hawaii) I plant them in cinders with a bit of compost, but I need to keep them covered during 4″-per-hour rains! Ive rarely gotten fruits since I tend to eat my plants down faster than they grow! Ive been growing Strictly’s Ephedra seeds (various taxa) for myself and for clients, for at least a decade and I find them to be reliable (contrasted with other vendors’ E. seeds which are normally duds, perhaps not fresh). Fascinating gymnosperm “succulent” shrubs from an intersting time in plant evolution.
    Somebody stop me…

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    • Adbt

      what is your exact method of growing, going to be growing a lot soon. just doing some research.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Seed planting and germination for Ma-huang (Ephedra sinica): The seed is easy to germinate in a warm, sandy medium. Strew the seed on surface of very sandy potting soil (50% sand) and barely cover with more of the same potting soil. Tamp securely and keep evenly moist until germination, which in the greenhouse or under propagation lights should take about 11 days. If you are trying to do this outside in the garden it might take longer, as cold nights will prolong germination times. Also, planting directly in the garden is chancy and not really recommended. Basically you want to provide as much control as possible (ie plant in flats) because the seedlings are small and you need to work them up to about 4 inches before they can survive the rigors of transplant and growing outdoors. After germination, back off on the watering because the young seedlings can easily damp off–this is a desert plant. We grow the plants in a sand mulch, about 4 inches thick, in the full sun, with moderate watering. They create, in 2 or 3 years, a stubby, woody trunk bristling with the jointed stems. The flower is inconspicuous, but the fruits are quite fascinating–fleshy scales adhered together at the end of the branch, colored orange, gooey and mucilaginous, and very sweet to the taste, containing the paired seeds with their flattened sides lightly clasped together. Space plants 2 feet apart.

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  2. Question

    Tharin

    I would like to try growing this plant from seed in Eastern Kansas. Would this be suitable to grow in a container?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, MA-huang does great in containers. Give fast-draining soil and a 1-inch mulch of pure white pumice around the crown.

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    • Tharin

      That’s good news! I’m starting an appartment balcony herb garden this year. Do you know if any more seeds will be available this spring? I’m excited to give them a try.

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      Richo Cech

      Hello Tharin,
      OK, not sure how good your luck will be with seeds, I find they work best in sand under lights. I did check stock and was able to add 5 packets, so you can order if yuou hurry. You can also get plants, which I do recommend, at this link https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product/ma-huang-ephedra-sinica-potted-plant-organic/–as of 5/1/19 there were still about 20 left in stock.
      Richo

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  3. Question

    Janice Storss

    I need some ma huang for my asthma, How can I order some seeds, or a live plant? Thanx…

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      Richo Cech

      Hi Janice, The plants are about 6 inches tall with several stems. They wouldn’t go very far for tea use and are slow growing. I will put you on the list and e-mail you soon. r

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    • janicestorss

      Even A little would be ok. Thanks….

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      Richo Cech

      Hi There, I’m interpreting this as a request for a ma-huang packet. I checked inventory–I have 2–I enabled them–you may order–please hurry or someone else will get the seeds. r

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  4. Question

    Serina

    Will these seeds be available in the spring? Your collection had captivated me, and I feel so grateful to learn more.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      hi serina, thanks for staying in touch. we do have plans to offer ma-huang seed again in the spring. please check back frequently and also make sure you’re signed up for the new 2019 paper catalog, which we are currently formulating and will issue in the new year. richo

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    • Nicole Prowse

      I had previously asked about the availability of your plants…I would definitely be interested in some of the seeds assuming they would be available sooner & more affordable for me as a single parent. Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      OK, good, we’ll stay in touch.

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    • Alice Hodge

      Hi Richo, any updates on your Ma-huang seeds!! Please, please!!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Alice,
      OK, I had a small stash of these, I’ve enabled 10 packets, you should be able to purchase. Richo

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  5. Question

    Phoenix

    Can the seeds be sent to NZ?

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    • Richo Cech

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      Sorry, no, these are disallowed in AUS and NZ.

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