Maca, Red (Lepidium peruvianum), packet of 50 seeds, Organic
Family: Mustard (Brassicaceae)
Overwintering in Zones 7 to 11, otherwise grown as a spring-planted annual
(Maca rojo, Lepidum meyenii) Biennial, radish-like, rosette forming plant native to the high Peruvian Puna. Traditional usage of fresh roasted or dried and powdered roots (S. American herbalism): Energy, nutrition, hormonal balance, increase fertility, sexual stimulant. Sow the seed on the surface of the seed bed, stir it around with your fingers, then tamp in securely. Or, sow in flats or in pots. Barely cover seed, tamp and keep warm, in the light, and evenly moist. Germination is rapid. Plant prefers fall, winter and spring conditions for growth. Full sun and a fast-draining soil is preferred. Maca likes a somewhat alkaline soil, such as decomposed granite or volcanic soils. However, lacking this kind of soil, regular garden soil will do. Composted manures are a good fertilizer for MACA, and in fact we can grow them in PURE composted manure with good results. Thin or transplant to 6 inch spacing, and harvest after the first year of growth. Grow as a fast crop in the greenhouse, or if planting outdoors in zone 7 and up, best to direct-seed in September and harvest in May. In the case of snowy winters (zone 6 and under) I would plant this as a quick fall or spring crop and harvest small roots. If left in the field for 2 years, the root will become quite woody and the plant will go to seed. We planted MACA for three years before we worked out a reasonable scenario and took in our first good plants, then a seed crop. This seed is from our own production.
50 seeds/pkt , Certified Organically Grown