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Ma-huang (Ephedra sinica) potted plant, organic

$30.00

Family:  Joint Fir (Ephedraceae)

Hardy to zone 3 to 9

(Syn Ephedra sinensis) Evergreen perennial paleo-herb. Native to the steppes of Northern China, Ma-huang prospers in full sun, dry soils, and is quite cold-tolerant (our patch bravely survived an 18 inch snow cover that occurred during a particularly cold Southern Oregon winter). Preparation of the right microsite is particularly important for a plant of this nature, which must maintain a dry, warm crown during the growing season lest the crown begin to rot. The best preparation is to spread about 4 inches of sand on the surface, then plant the ma-huang through the sand, with its roots down in the mineral soil and sand all around the crown. This excellent drainage and the reflection of the sun up onto the plant will greatly improve the health, growth and survivability of ma-huang. Traditional usage:  TCM, the tea is used as a bronchial dilator for treating asthma.  Space plants 3 feet apart.

Potted plant, multi-stemmed, nice, Certified Organically grown

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  1. Question

    Zach P.

    I would very much like two of these when they come back in stock. However, my question is: Have you heard of any success with this plant in a hydroponic system?

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      Richo Cech

      Hi Zach,
      OK, we are almost at the point where we know what our leftovers look like. I’ll endeavor to e-mail you. I am not too much in the loop in hydroponic circles and I haven’t heard about this one. It might be challenging due to need for perfect drainage around crown. richo

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    dean

    Is there a time frame for when these might become available? They are beautiful plants.

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      Richo Cech

      Hi Dean, We need to finish shipping out all the plants that have already been purchased and then I’ll be crafting e-mails to interested folks to get the remainders to good homes. Should be around May. Richo

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    Scott Phelps

    I would love to get one of these plants when they are available. They are unique and quite elegant. The last one I purchased I planted in the ground and it did so well that I could not dig it up when I moved. So I am looking to get another. Thank you.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Scott,
      I like the way you describe the MA-huang, it shows a love of plants. I prepared over 70 for this year and they sold out in weeks. Wish I could do more! I’ll e-mail you if there are any leftovers.
      Richo

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    Patrick Dowling

    Could you please let me know when the ephedra since plants are for sale thanking you p Dowling

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      Richo Cech

      OK Patrick, will endeavor to do this. r

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    amy bishop

    Could I please be added to the waiting list if there is one for this product? Thank you so much!

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      Richo Cech

      OK, will do. r

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    Orsolya Halter

    Can I pre order Ma -huang now?
    Thank you

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      No, but now that we have your e-mail we can attempt to let you know when ma-huang plants are back in stock. r

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    • Nicole Prowse

      Can you please notify me when ma-Huang plants are back in stock? My son & I both have asthma…thank you!

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      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Nicole,
      Will try to do so.
      Richo

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    • Sam Prak

      When will more plants become available?

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      Richo Cech

      We’ll see how it all shakes down come April 15th or so. At that time, you might want to check back in, we will put any remaining plants up for sale.

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    Jacob

    Does this plant spread or no

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      If you’re speaking of spread in the usual “is it invasive” kind of way, then no. If you mean does it grow out from the crown and root in at the nodes and slowly increase in size from decade to decade, then yes, it spreads.

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    • Barbara E Stark

      When are the available and do u need special blend of dirt to grow

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Barbara,
      Please stay in touch with this website because we are continually offering high-demand plants of this sort–we are likely to be offering these again in April. Ma-huang does take a sandy soil and a good thick mulch of pumice around the crown.
      Richo

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    Glen

    How old are these plants you sell?Were they started from seed, root division, or cuttings?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Glen,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Right now in December of 2018 the plants are 3-year-olds from seed.
      Richo

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    Knichel M Rzigalinski

    When will you expect to have this plant back in stock?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Knichel, Thank you for your inquiry. Ma-huang plants may be purchased now and will continue to be order-able until the stock is sold out. Please note that we have discontinued shipping plants for the year and that plants ordered now will start shipping March 15th to the warmer states. Richo

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    Basil Romaniszak

    Please notify when available thank you.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      OK Basil, these will be available to purchase starting Jan 1 2019 for spring delivery. richo

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    • Dean

      How large will one plant grow? Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      True Ephedra sinica is fairly short, flowering to about 18 inches. The spread of a single plant can eventually be 2 or more feet, as the plant does send out runners. Growth of true Ma-huang is quite slow, requiring at least 5 years to maturity, and even then not full-sized. r

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    Patricia Barrett

    Would be interested in Ma Huang plants. will some be available?

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Patricia,
      Thanks for staying in touch. Ma-huang plants will be available for shipment in the spring. The seed that was obtained from our Ma-huang patch this year gave an uncharacteristically high rate of germination and we’re working up a nice population of these in one of the heated greenhouses. We won’t be able to guarantee the sex. Spring planting is preferred. Check back with us after Jan 1–by then the new plants will be order-able. Richo

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    • Adam

      This is good news!

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    Sheri L Flowers

    When will you have more ma huang plants please?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Sheri,
      I’m going to enable this as soon as the current batch is well-rooted, they were just repotted. They will be available starting in July 2018.
      Richo

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    Gallagher

    Is there a way to assure both male and female plants if I bought two? or is like like another plant I know in that I have to wait til flowering to see.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi, It is true, I know of no way to determine sex until they flower. These are just seedlings. r

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Daniel,
      These are for all practical purposes sold out. I’m caring for the population through the winter and will ship in spring. If there are any left I’ll make note to e-mail you. Shipping may be reviewed at checkout prior to finalization. Make sure to enter in your ZIP CODE first. Its usually $14.90 PRIO. Richo

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