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Mandrake, Autumn (Mandragora autumnalis), potted plant, organic

$13.00

Please note:  We do everything in our power to keep the price down and the aerial parts up on our sturdy mandrake plants.  So, we have re-enabled this item on the basis of prolific stock, reduced the price back down to $13.00 and cannot guarantee that the plants will be aerial when you get them–sold on the basis of a solid root in a 3-inch pot.  Normally we do choose only aerial plants to ship, and then they tend to go dormant in the box on the way to the customer, or they go dormant soon after receipt, or they grow actively and make people very happy.  Please only order this plant if you will be happy with a dormant root.  They re-emerge in season.

 

Family:  Nightshade (Solanacea)

Hardy to Zones 6 to 10

Herbaceous perennial, native to Southern Europe.  One of the most choice of all true Mandrake species.  Flowers purple to 12 inches tall, giving way to fruits of yellow and orange.  Traditional usage (TWM): fertility, aphrodisiac, a magical totem, relieve pain, promote sleep.  Source of tropane alkaloids–do not ingest.    Plant prefers alkaline pH—deep, sandy soils.  Autumnalis does fine in dry sun to moist shade, tends to flower in the autumn as opposed to the winter-flowering types.  Flowers are amazing.  Space plants 2 feet apart.

Potted plant, Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Michele Pierre-Brignolle

    Is this a real mandragore plant please?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi michele, yes, it is a real mandragora. Autumnalis is one of the nicer species, and these are very solid right now. We try to keep the price down and the plants up. If you’re into it, i do recommend getting it soon, these will sell out. richo

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    • Amanda (verified owner)

      When dormant, what care do these plants need?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi amanda, if planted in the garden, it is a good idea to remove weeds, stake the spot and mulch with sand. Beyond that watching and waiting for re-emergence. If potted, best to leave pot outside in a protected area where it gets natural precip. potted plants left indoors may or may not make it. they require sporadic watering. richo

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  2. Question

    Alison Meeks (verified owner)

    Hi there!
    I just have a few questions regarding this plant and it’s care. Does the Autumn mandrake require the same type of quick draining, high ph soil that Official mandrake need? What soil mixture do you recommend? For sunlight, I normally place my mandrakes in a shaded north facing window. I’ll also turn on a pink/purple grow light for about 2 hours from time to time. Is this sufficient for an autumn mandrake? Lastly, how often do you recommend watering during hibernation vs when it’s in season?
    Thanks!
    Alison

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Alison, Autumn mandrake will do fine in the same conditions as Mandragora officinarum, with a tendency perhaps to tolerate more water, a richer soil of neutral pH and perhaps a bit more shade. During dormancy, a weekly watering will help ensure that the dormant eyes that surround the crown do not dry up, and that the root stays turgid enough to remain viable. It gets picky keeping these in pots, and they never really thrive the way they do when they get their roots into real free dirt outdoors. But it is a good hobby to keep them in potted culture, and thataway you can relate to them more intimately. r

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  3. Question

    Donna

    I have several young mandrakes- sprouted last year-they have come to life with the cooler weather, and I have noticed that the root is growing out of the bottom of the pots. Would I be safe to plant them out in their permanent spots now, or should I just re-pot them and plant out in Spring?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi donna, autumn mandrake is actively growing right now, its a good time to transplant them! (i know, its counterintuitive–most people transplant plants during dormancy but I find mandrake likes the opposite) I’ll have to post some pictures of flowers on the older plants, they’re going off right now! cheers Richo

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  4. Question

    Donna

    When planting my Mandrake by a rock, how close should I put it to the rock?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Donna,
      About 4 inches back. Richo

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    Roberto

    do you delivery to london?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      sorry, no, we can’t ship plants internationally

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    Yasell

    Is this still available?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Yasell,
      Yes, if you can put it in your cart, then it is order-able.
      Richo

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  7. Question

    Kimberlie

    Hi there!
    Just got an update today these are available, lol… did they already sell out it seems?
    TY?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, I checked and they are again sold out. I’m sorry you didn’t get one. Its autumn, and the autumn mandrake is living up to its name. Please click on “waitlist” again, I’m going to ship current orders, let everything settle out, count the remaining stock, and re-enable. It is a happy dance.

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  8. Question

    xxfirelighterxx (verified owner)

    What size pot would work best for this. I unfortunately live in an apartment and will be receiving my plant soon. Would a one gallon pot with cactus soil suffice?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      These do come with directions to pot up to a gallon size pot. Mandrakes can live for a year or two in gallons before requiring a larger pot. r

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    • Graham

      Please is this plants at growth stage or it’s a seed . I’m actually for for already mandrake plant tree

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      it is a plant, not a seed. it is not a tree.

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    • Graham

      How tall is the leafs

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      1 inch

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  9. Question

    stavroula

    can you please explain me the difference between the two different names of plant in your site?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello There,
      Autumn mandrake (Mandragora autumnalis): fall flowering, smaller fruits, savoyed leaves, relatively easy seed germination.
      Official Mandrake (Mandragora officinalis): winter to spring flowering, larger fruits, smooth leaves, relatively difficult seed germination.

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    stavroula

    Can you please define its’ origin?
    thank you

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Williams, Oregon, USA.

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    Terry Berke

    when will you have plants available? Terry Berke

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      In the spring!

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    • queeniyanifa

      I am super excited to have this plant in my home when will it be available again ……..

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi! The soonest will be spring 2021 and actually probably not until autumn 2021, being as how this is the autumn mandrake and autumn to early winter is when it looks good. We have several mother plants in fruit right now and that has been quite, like you said, exciting. r

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    • Marie m (verified owner)

      Just got my seedling from you! So excited and hoping to keep it alive! During the first couple of years of its life, if kept in a gallon pot, can you please provide some insight on: (1) best soil type (2) should it be “fed”? (3) how much to water? (4) how much sun?

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    • 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Marie,
      Thanks for staying in touch. There’s a whole blog on mandrake at this link https://blog.strictlymedicinalseeds.com/?s=mandrake
      The Autumn mandrake are nice and you should do well with your plant. Pot up to a gallon pot using fast-draining mix (I recommend cactus mix mixed with standard potting soil 50/50) and add a small handful of ground limestone or oyster shells to the soil to increase alkalinity. Water every week or so. Give as much sun as possible if the plant is indoors in a window, if outside plant to the north side of a rock so it gets shade sometimes but not all the time. Mandrakes are going to be happiest if you can develop an outdoor area for it. They go dormant through much of the year. I have a large autumn mandrake in fruit right now which is about 6 months off cycle–you can expect the unexpected when working with mandrake. Richo

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