Mandrake, officinarum (Mandragora officinarum), packet of 13 seeds, fresh, undried, packed in moist medium, organic

$19.95

Family: Nightshade (Solanaceae)

Hardy to Zones 6 to 10

(White Mandrake, Mandragora officinalis) 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 late winter.  Keep crowns in perfect drainage.  I plant mine in deep sand mulch on the shady side of rocks. Flower color is lavender.  Flower to 16 inches, giving way to green, apple-like fruits that eventually turn yellowish and soft before harvest.  The smell is exquisite.  Sow seeds as soon as possible upon receipt.  Sow about 1/4 inch deep in sandy, alkaline mix in a flat or preferably in a gallon pot.  Place flat or pot in the shadehouse or in the greenhouse in a relatively cool, shaded area.  Lacking the shadehouse or the greenhouse, you might try a sheltered spot outdoors, or even a germination setup with lights.  Fresh seed germinates at a high rate of germ in 8 months, sometimes faster. Space plants 3 feet apart.

13 fresh seeds per packet, Certified Organically Grown [USA ONLY, NO INTERNATIONAL SALES]

No replacements on mandrake seed.

NOTE:  We ran four concurrent germ tests with the fresh and newly-dried seed.  The best germination occurred in seed that was left absolutely fresh and undried, merely washed and cleaned, then planted immediately in fast-draining soil in outdoor conditions in our shadehouse.  The germination period was eight months (from July 10 to March 3). 108 seeds were planted, and 76 sprouts were observed.  This is a germ rate of 70.37%.  RAC

 

 

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  1. Question

    Aaron

    Hi! Since these are fresh seeds, is it still necessary to cold stratify them? If so, do you recommend a month in the fridge? Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Aaron,
      The fresh seeds can be planted immediately without cold stratification, although removing from coir packing and soaking in pure water in the refrigerator for a week before planting might help spur germination. If you have a fast-draining mix and lights you can even probably get them to come up in 3 weeks. There are are many approaches that yield results. “Sow seeds as soon as possible upon receipt. Sow about 1/4 inch deep in sandy, alkaline mix in a flat or preferably in a gallon pot. Place flat or pot in the shadehouse or in the greenhouse in a relatively cool, shaded area. Lacking the shadehouse or the greenhouse, you might try a sheltered spot outdoors, or even a germination setup with lights. “

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    Seamus Black

    Are the preorders for the next batch of fresh Mandrake, officinalis seeds already done?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi there Seamus, They are not. I won’t be enabling mandrake seeds until I actually have them in hand. This is the best year I’ve ever had on these, but I don’t want to jinx it. We’ll have them in July of 2019. Stay tuned. Richo

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    • nefarious_black

      I can not wait. My wife and I are so looking forward to these! 🙂

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      Richo Cech

      OK, I’ll make sure to e-mail you, the fruits are swelling…

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    Jordan Welling

    When will these be in stock?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Jordan, Mandrake looks good so far this year. Last year first harvest was on 6/18/18 and this year will probably be about the same (mid-june harvest). Check back at that time–for a limited time we sell fresh, undried seeds that germinate faster than the dried seeds.
      Richo

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    • Maria

      Hello, is it any chance you could notify me when its available to buy? Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      I don’t understand. I checked the item online and there are still 7 packets left in stock.

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