Plants ordered now will ship Mid June.

Ma-huang (Ephedra sinica) potted seedling, organic

$20.00

Family:  Joint Fir (Ephedraceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 9

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.  CNS stimulant.  Overdose can be dangerous.  Space plants 3 feet apart.

Potted seedling, 4-inch deep pot, the aerial parts are about 6 inches, these are seedgrown individuals, Certified Organically grown

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  1. Question

    Peggy gray

    I just tried to order Thema huang as you sent me a message that I was taken off the waitlist as it is available. And now it tells less than 3hohrs after you sent the message it is NOT AVAILABLE! Is it available or not?

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      Richo Cech

      Hi Peggy,
      I am sorry, in answer to your question, the plant is not available, the plant is again sold out.
      Richo

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    • Ryan Wham

      Yikes! Didn’t get my card number in on time either!!!
      Please sprout more if possible.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, the plants in the field are now in full flower, we will have more ma-huang in the future.

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    • Robert Parker

      Hello I just got an email saying I could purchase some seedlings after being on a wait list for ages and it tells me there not available???? R they or not? If not when will they be pls?🙏

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi robert, I am very sorry, the potted plants we enabled were many and they were gone in a few hours. Yes, the plants in the field are now in full flower, we will have more ma-huang in the future. richo

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    • Ryan Wham

      Thanks for all you do Richo!

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    • bluesplayer

      I Finally got a ephedra senica plant to grow from seed after going through $30 worth of seed!

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    • bluesplayer

      Am I Still On the wishlist for ephedra senica?. You were sold out before I could aquire one. Can You Save Me One this time? I’ll prepay for it so it will not be sold out again before I can respond to your e-mail that it is available!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello bluesplayer, please click “waitlist” again to be informed when the next batch of ma-huang plants is available for sale. We can’t take prepayment, we really only want to take money for stuff we actually have in stock. richo

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    • JanIce Vickers Storss

      I’m looking forward to it. I need the tea for my asthma so i can breathe. Thank you.

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  2. Question

    MWLyon

    Hi Richo.
    I just got notification that this was available. In less than two hours it seems to have sold out. Is this true or is it still available?
    Thank you,
    MWLyon

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      order now and do not hesitate

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    • Ryan C

      I am having the same problem. You telling us to “just order” is not helpful! There is no option for me to place an order.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Ryan,
      I am sorry, I enabled this in good faith and re-enabled it after several people missed out, because I had held back 20 plants for that express situation. I then told those people to try again, and many of them got plants. That was the best I could do. We will be offering these again.
      Richo

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  3. Question

    Joe

    I just received an email saying these are back in stock, but the site hasn’t been updated. I added my email again to the wait list. Please let me know when its available! Thanks!

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      Richo Cech

      order now and do not hesitate

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    Christina

    Is it out of stock all ready? I just got the email an hour ago saying it was in stock….

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      Richo Cech

      order now and do not hesitate

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  5. Question

    Draz

    I just received an email telling me this plant is back in stock but it still shows out is stock. Did they sell out this quick or is the website outdated?

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      Richo Cech

      order now and do not hesitate

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  6. Question

    xoxblondi

    It says on your website that I can order this plant now, but it is out of stock. Does this mean I can order it pay for it and it will ship out to me when it becomes in stock?

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      Richo Cech

      Hi XOBLONDI,
      I can see how this could be interpreted and sorry for any confusion. Every plant is going to say “plants ordered now will ship out in such-and-such month.” Bat this is just a general notice pasted on all plant pages. To see specifically the availability, you need to try to order one. If it lets you order, we have it and it will ship accordingly. If it doesn’t let you order, then click “waitlist” and you’ll get an e-mail when the plant comes back in stock. Sorry its so complicated. Richo

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    • miss.swagfri DaMom

      Can I order

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      Richo Cech

      Hi! You can hit “waitlist,” we are currently working up a population of these and will sell and ship only when sufficiently sized. r

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    • tt

      How long

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Quite a while. I just finished shipping all the ma-huang plant backorders and there is only one plant left.

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    • Josephine Hurov

      Can I buy that one plant left pls.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      I have no way to sell one plant through the website–there are already 500 people on the waitlist. you would have to contact me privately at [email protected]

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    • Allison McCormick

      hi this plant is always out of stock. i did manage to get some blue ephedra though, so im trying to build my collection. but im also a beginner. what type of soil and where can i get good soil for it and a life saver (sorry if off topic or side topicing?) i hate to ask the source but i dont want to fail the plants and wanted to know what you used or if you could point me in the right direction? lifesaver cactus and the blue ephedra (mormon tea). cactus gets burnt using the home depot succulant soil and the blue uses a lot of sand?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Allison,
      It is going to be a feeding frenzy, but get ready, we have a nice set of ma-huang coming on and will list it soon.
      Richo

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  7. Question

    brideoftheson

    Hello. I’ve been on your waiting list for your Ephedra Sinica plants, so I was excited to get an email saying they were now available. I received the email two hours ago, but your site says out of stock. Is this accurate?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi,
      I’m sorry, the plants sold out in less than 4 hours. I’m working on a new batch–please be sure to hit “waitlist” again.
      Richo

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  8. Question

    Dean (verified owner)

    Do you know when these starts will become available again?

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      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Dean,
      I’ll check into this, I am pretty sure we are not out of these. Make sure to click “waitlist.” The current seed is giving good germination and I have more coming on for 2020.
      Richo

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  9. Question

    Kelly Beckworth

    Since i read that this ephedra will grow in the Southwest (but it needs dry heat), will it do well in our humid heat in Central Texas?

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    • Richo Cech

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      Hi Kelly, As long as you give full sun and a well-drained soil you can grow true Ma-huang in Texas, the humidity doesn’t matter. 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.

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  10. Question

    Monique Raymond

    Hello. I have two of these plants , and they flowered this year (so excited). One of the plants has fruits, are they edible ? If they are edible , is there a limit to how many one could eat. Do the fruits have the same actions as the stems?
    Thank you so much.
    Monique

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      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Monique,
      Thanks for the report. Sounds like you must have a male and a female, which is what everyone wishes they had! The fruits are edible and nontoxic by my personal testing. They are vaguely sweet. They do not seem to be a CNS stimulant, although the juiciness of them, and their light mucilage, is refreshing. The seeds inside the fruits probably should not be consumed–they can contain high levels of ephedrine. If you allow the fruits to fully mature until they are ready to fall from the plant, then you can collect the seeds and successfully plant them.
      Richo

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    • Monique Raymond

      Thank you so much : ) . I consider myself fortunate to have the male and female. I’m very happy to be on this ride with nature, learning every step of the way.
      Sincerest gratitude ,
      Monique

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  11. Question

    joshemery89

    Hi Richo, I recieved both my seeds and catalog recently. 2 questions as well.

    1st question, I am going to have to resort to growing mahuang in my garage over the winter time. I’ve began making soil mixture for the plants with a 50/50 of cactus and citrus soil and sand. Would it be better for me to focus on keeping the soil for the seedlings warm after germination or the light heat? We don’t have many options for heat lampung available in many stores here in Minnesota and the costs can become astronomical due to the barren and frigid winter temps in Minnesota. Just wondering what you would suggest as far as maybe a smaller 5-10 plant winter set up for these beautiful bushes?

    My second question was is there any way I could reserve 3 mahuang seedlings that just became available and then pay over the website with card on this upcoming Friday when I get paid? I know they are a fast seller so I totally understand if you can’t but I figured there’s no harm in asking.

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Josh,
      We just enabled ma-huang plants online and won’t be shipping them until September 9th so you can buy them after your card starts working, they will be in stock for some time.
      Regarding overwintering of small plants, I understand that you might want to keep them potted for a couple of years before setting outside, but please understand that they are very cold hardy and will perennialize in Minnesota. It really is easier to start the seeds using lights as a source of intense light and heat, but after they sprout, you don’t need to use lights or supplemental heat anymore. Provide as much natural light as possible. Normally garages are very dark so this concerns me. Your choice of potting soil seems fine. Keep the plants in your brightest window to overwinter and when they reach a foot or more tall with several stems, then transplant them outside using the deep sand mulch method. They will naturalize. Richo

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  12. Question

    Josh

    A couple questions. I was wondering if you knew of or had a method for cultivating the seeds from this plant and also if it is able to be cloned? I live in Minnesota and while we do get pretty brutal winter storms we also have what sounds like perfect soil for this beautiful Bush to grow.

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      Richo Cech

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      Hi Josh, Yes, the directions are on the packet and in the monograph on our website, but basically you plant them in sand and water daily, keeping very warm and in the light. These are of confirmed germination. The plants will send out lateral rhizomes and make new shoots (ramets) at a distance, and these can be removed from the parent plant and replanted. As always, a thick mulch of coarse sand or white pumice makes the difference between success and failure. richo

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  13. Question

    asandler55 (verified owner)

    After I transfer the plant, should I not water it, water it somewhat, or water it thoroughly to saturation?

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      With the exception of succulents (e.g. Aloes) all plants should be transplanted early morning or late afternoon and watered in. 1 cup of water is perfect.

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    • asandler55 (verified owner)

      Is there any downside to planting 2 Ma Huang plants in one 20″ diameter, 20″ high container?

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      Not really, sounds good!

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  14. Question

    asandler55 (verified owner)

    Hi Richo, I am getting 2 ma huang plants, to be planted in two very large (20″ diameter) pots and have a fewquestions:

    1 Can you recommend a specific type of mineral soil? (please be very specific–I am a not an experienced gardener)

    2. For the 4 inches of sand around the crown, I already bought Desert Bloom Cactus and Succulent Sand: “polymer-coated sand to retain nutrients and just enough moisture.” Is polymer coating safe to use for a medicinal plant? If you don’t recommend this, please suggest a specific alternative.

    3. The pots have one pre-drilled 3/4 ” drain hole in the middle. Is that enough, or should I drill more holes, and if so, how many and how wide?

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    • Richo Cech

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      1 Can you recommend a specific type of mineral soil? (please be very specific–I am a not an experienced gardener)

      Yes, Mineral soil is the unadulterated and unamended or well-rested soil from your garden. If you have no garden soil, you can use standard, fast-draining potting soil, recipe page 108 of “The Medicinal Herb Grower” modified by sub-recipe page 109 “for plants that love desert conditions”

      2. For the 4 inches of sand around the crown, I already bought Desert Bloom Cactus and Succulent Sand: “polymer-coated sand to retain nutrients and just enough moisture.” Is polymer coating safe to use for a medicinal plant? If you don’t recommend this, please suggest a specific alternative.
      Polymers are resin or plastic, which may adversely affect the end product if it is destined for internal consumption. I suggest using coarse, sharp sand from the desert or use “poultry grit,” (crushed granite) widely available online or at your local feed-and-seed. Here’s a link https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/manna-pro-poultry-grit-25-lb-1043962?cm_mmc=feed-_-GoogleShopping-_-Product-_-1043962&gclid=CjwKCAjwwtTmBRBqEiwA-b6c_8i5q88_Uxi8jGVPscGipkHRftmH2RkIfttHSq1qwQv9pUd9ol8AtxoCL4gQAvD_BwE

      3. The pots have one pre-drilled 3/4 ” drain hole in the middle. Is that enough, or should I drill more holes, and if so, how many and how wide?
      The 3/4 inch hole is fine as long as it doesn’t get plugged up. You shouldn’t be watering so heavily that the water drains out the bottom, anyway. For insurance, yes, you need the hole. Most of us put a potsherd over the drain hole first, then fill potting soil on top of that, which keeps the hole unclogged and promotes drainage.

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  15. Question

    Jesse J Clement

    I live in maine.and according to your zoning map I live in a 5D Zone so I was wondering how difficult it would be for this plant to survive in my area before I go and spend the money and then have the poor thing died on me I want to make sure she’ll be able to live a happy life

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      Hello Jesse,
      Here’s a link to my monograph on ma-huang, which is hardy down to a Zone 3, so a Zone 5 is plenty warm for it. https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product/ma-huang-ephedra-sinica-potted-plant-organic/
      Yes, the concern of buying a plant and then having it die is
      I think a common one. Probably the most effective approach is to prepare the planting site with the plant’s specific environmental needs in mind, and then plant at least 3, because this seems to reflect critical mass and because the plants are dioecious. If this is done, then good results are quite likely. The ma-huang are still in stock I see, although they will certainly sell out soon. If you miss this cycle, there will be more plants available at a later time, I have some young ones I plan to pot up very soon!
      Richo

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    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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      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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    • Tracy Ansley

      Is there a waiting list that I can be put on?

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      Yes, you are now on it. It won’t be long.

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    • Roxann

      I’d like to be on the waiting list too! 3 please! if possible.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Roxann, Everybody on the list already got contacted when the leftover plants were listed. I can wait another week or two and then I’ll e-mail you, there may be more available.
      Richo

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  17. Question

    dean

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

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    • Richo Cech

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      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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  18. Question

    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

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      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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  19. Question

    Patrick Dowling

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

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      OK Patrick, will endeavor to do this. r

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    • Kyle ott

      Can I be put on the waiting list?

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      You’re now on it

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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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      OK, will do. r

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  21. Question

    Orsolya Halter

    Can I pre order Ma -huang now?
    Thank you

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    • Richo Cech

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      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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    • Richo Cech

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      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

      Admin 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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  22. Question

    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

      Admin 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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  24. Question

    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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  25. Question

    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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  26. Question

    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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  27. Question

    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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  28. Question

    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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    • MICHELLE STIMAK

      Yes, I would like to order 2 plants asap. Just got the email. Am an NP that uses functional medicine & truly need your help with this. I use it to help pts get off of their ADHD meds over time as well as for severe covid residual lung issues. Please reply. THx so much. MS 208-484-9295

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      order now and do not hesitate

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    • MICHELLE STIMAK

      I am sorry, when did you post this? Anything still available? I saw patients all day and could not step away. My fault. Did not think anything would be available again as I did not receive an email back from you. Please let me know. Thx.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Michelle, I am very sorry, the potted plants we enabled were many and they were gone in a few hours. Yes, the plants in the field are now in full flower, we will have more ma-huang in the future. richo

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