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Mandrake, officinalis (Mandragora officinalis) potted plant, organic

$13.00

Family: Nightshade (Solanaceae )

Hardy to Zones 6 to 10

(Mandragora officinarum) Perennial.  Native to southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean.  Rare. 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, dry, in the part-shade.  The plant begins its vegetative cycle in the midwinter, flowers in the spring, fruits, and goes quickly dormant in the summer, then re-sprouts from beneath the callus in fall or spring.  Keep crowns in perfect drainage.  I plant mine in deep sand mulch on the shady side of rocks. Flower color is variable, some plants making vibrant purple flowers, others flowering like washed-out lavender.  Flower to 16 inches, giving way to green, apple-like fruits that eventually turn yellowish and soft before harvest.  The smell is exquisite.

Potted plant certified organically grown

 

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  1. Question

    Julie Carlson

    Will this be back in stock this year? Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      tricksy little things, they grow up, look good, then go dormant unpredictably. we will continue to enable plants as they look good. we are not particularly keen on selling dormant mandrake roots, they often fail to satisfy.

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    • julie_carlson

      Hi Richo, thank you. It means a lot that there is such a great level of attention to the plants well being. Is there any sort of wait list or pre-purchase option? I do have some seeds for both the black and white varieties, but my understanding is that even with the best of care germination often fails.

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Julie actually my pleasure. Here’s a blog that gives some good tips on starting mandrake from seeds https://blog.strictlymedicinalseeds.com/growing-mandrake-beyond-the-basics/
      I’ll try to e-mail you when we have good looking plants.
      Richo

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    Rebecca

    Are Mandrakes going to be available this year?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Rebecca,
      I have a couple hundred of the Mandragora officinalis but they are all going dormant which is pretty typical. I’m going to see how potted sales shake down. Check back mid-april, we’re going to reassess, see how many plants are aerial, and offer again if possible.
      Richo

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    • Jennifer Allen

      I am also interested. Will check back mid-April

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      80% of my mandragora officinalis seedlings in early March 2019 have gone dormant, a pity because shipping starts soon and I’d much rather ship them with leaves. I do think there will be ongoing availability. As plants come into the leafy stage and start to look good we will sell them.
      Richo

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    Katie

    Can you ship live mandrake plants to Canada?

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      Admin Richo Cech

      we cannot ship any plants or roots to Canada, only books and seeds.

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    Alyssa

    Hello will these be back in stock anytime soon?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Quite possibly yes. We’ll see how it all shakes out in the spring and will e-mail you if there are extras. I have a flat of nice seedlings I want to pot up before they go dormant again… richo

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    • Layla Schubert

      I am interested as well in either white or black mandrake plants. How do I get on a list?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Layla,
      I’ll try to let you know when they come back in stock but do stay in touch.
      Richo

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    stela

    Hello I have tried to place an order to your site from Greece. Do you ship in Greece? Because I have not managed to place an order

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello, We ship seeds internationally and plants inside the USA only. That is why you cannot order a mandrake plant from Greece. Feel free to try the seeds,
      Richo

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    stavroula

    can you please define the country of origin?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      United States

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    Rebecca Winfrey

    When will these be in stock again?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      we have plenty of mandrake plants in production, we will enable ordering soon, and we will begin shipping to the warmer states March 15 2019

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    cgraceduncan

    Will you have any available for the Fall shipping, or would Spring be a better time? Thanks! Love the book, thanks for signing it!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi! We’ll have mandrake plants in the spring. The plants are currently dormant, and unlike most plants, do not do well when transplanted in dormancy, it is better to work with growing plants in the early spring. Please check back then. Richo

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    Shannon

    When will you have more of these plants? Thank you.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Shannon,
      I am going to have a large number of seedling Mandragora officinalis this year (spring 2018). Stay tuned, I want them to be large enough to withstand the rigors of travel and transplant before listing. The price will be cheaper because the plants will be younger.
      Richo

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    • Shannon

      Thank you very much. I just bought some plants today but will wait also for the white Mandrake plants. By the way, you have a lovely business and your seed and plant collection/stock is beautiful. Very unique as I cannot find many plants you have anywhere else. I think you also might be the only online store that sells Mandrake plants consistently. Keep it up. 🙂

      Hugs and Blessings!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Shannon,
      Thanks for the encouragement, we have been experimenting with growing rare plants for some years now. Just when you think you know how to have success every time, a new challenge comes up. I guess thats why they’re rare… Richo

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    • Mary

      Are you already sold out for the season or will more be posted later?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Please do stay tuned, we have ongoing populations of these that will be offered for sale from time to time. r

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    • Marie

      Would either of the mandrake plants do ok in a pot?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, Mandrakes are relatively dependable in pots, I have individuals of both species that have been in pots for years. One even fruited this year. Richo

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