Plants will begin shipping on March 17, 2019!

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. Jacob

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    Jacob

    Does this plant spread or no

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    • Richo Cech

      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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  2. Glen

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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

      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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  3. Knichel M Rzigalinski

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    Knichel M Rzigalinski

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

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    • Richo Cech

      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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  4. Basil Romaniszak

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    Basil Romaniszak

    Please notify when available thank you.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

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

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    • Dean

      Dean

      How large will one plant grow? Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      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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  5. Patricia Barrett

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    Patricia Barrett

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

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      Richo Cech

      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

      Adam

      This is good news!

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  6. Sheri L Flowers

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    Sheri L Flowers

    When will you have more ma huang plants please?

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    • Richo Cech

      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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  7. Gallagher

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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

      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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