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

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$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

    Dee Hill

    Are you not able to ship these to the uk?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Dee,
      Not really, because they are packaged in moist medium and may be sprouting by the time they get to you–sprouted seeds are considered to be “plants” by customs and may be confiscated. The dried seeds can be delivered internationally. You can speed their germination by keeping in a jar of water in the fridge for several weeks prior to planting in a very warm location (like under grow lights).
      Richo

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  2. Eddie Spohn

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    Eddie Spohn (verified owner)

    I was hesitant at first to write this review. The reason was that once before I ordered a packet of dried White Mandrake seed from this company and they took a while to come up. I think the quickest seedling took months to show. Just part of the Mandrake process. The Nightshade family is notorious for long dormancies in their dried seeds.

    Not this time. When I ordered my first packet of undried seed they already had taproots upon arrival. I gently pried them apart and planted them in gallon pots and within weeks the first cotyledons were showing above ground. This made me happy but I figured it was just some rare occurrence. What the hell do I know?

    I ordered two more packets a short time after because I really like this plant. Both packets had germinating seeds inside the plastic wrap upon arrival. Have put them in pots and am awaiting the above ground appearance of this newest batch. Been cold and rainy in my vicinity lately so they may not show for a bit.

    I think the best bet for those wanting Mandrakes is to order the fresh, undried seed.

    Thanks Richo for making these plants available.

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  3. 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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  4. Question

    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

      Richo Cech

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

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    • M (verified owner)

      Imagine my surprise when I went to plant my mandrake seeds, and some had already sprouted! Thanks so much Richo!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      They really like that cold storage–it stimulates them. I didn’t know any of them had actually sprouted in the coir. Thanks for letting me know. r

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    • Michelle (verified owner)

      I would say maybe half had sprouted. I immediately transferred them into peat pellets in one of those Jiffy mini greenhouses. I also have your stratified ginseng seeds-what is the best way to get them to sprout? Unfortunately we will have to grow in above ground planters.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      The stratified ginseng seed directions are on the packet, but in short the seed must be planted immediately about 1 inch deep in outdoor shade conditions and germination is in the spring. Although you can force germination in the fridge, germinated ginseng seeds don’t transplant well, so don’t do that.

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  5. Question

    Jordan Welling

    When will these be in stock?

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    • One person found this helpful
      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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