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Patchouli, True (Pogostemon cablin) potted plant, organic

(6 customer reviews)

$7.50$50.00

Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 10 to 12, normally grown as a potted plant and brought indoors for the winter

(Pogostemon patchouli) Tropical perennial native to Asia.  Iconic essence of the Hippie Culture that arose during the 1960’s and dissipated thereafter, leaving little archaeological evidence in its vericolored wake.  The patchouli plant (and the reddish essential oil obtained from it) evoke images of sweaty sun and green lawns in Berkeley, the strains of Mr Tambourine man drifting across a lucid landscape, smiles and avocados, lace stockings, violet-paned sunglasses, brown breasts with dancing nipples and matchboxes containing (not matches).  Plant prefers full to part shade, moist, rich soils, humidity. The plant thrives under good care but fades fast with neglect–it needs watering almost daily, has zero tolerance for frost and will sunburn if not protected by shade.

Potted plant, certified organically grown

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  1. Question

    Maegan

    About when will the potted patchouli plants be available again? I need three or four of them.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Meagan,
      Please hit “waitlist” on patchouli. I will investigate as to whether these are sold out of if perhaps the inventory simply ran down, and if so I will re-enable plant sales. Patchouli seeds are now back in stock.
      Richo

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    • Maegan

      Thank you very much! I have some seeds to plant, but I’d also like to start with a few potted plants besides. I’ve tried growing Patchouli here in coastal Southern California before, but they seem especially prone to scale bugs. Any suggestions?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      ugh, scale is horrible. I actually haven’t seen them on patchouli but anything’s possible. Scale is hard to get rid of. Infected plants can be de-leaved and replanted to new mix, but this probably wouldn’t work with patchouli, it doesn’t withstand de-leaving very well. Individual scales can be removed with q-tip soaked in rubbing alcohol. r

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    • Jessica Boyle

      Richo Cech, did there happen to be any plants left in stock by chance? Ty.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Jessica, I did check and they were completely sold out. I really wish I could have gotten one to you. Richo

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  2. Nicole

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    Nicole

    These seeds germinated really well! Patchouli plants seem to get tired and scraggly after a few years, as many tender perennials do, so don’t be afraid to start fresh from seed, like I did. They’re tiny seedlings, but healthy!

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  3. One person found this helpful
    Juan Marini

    Juan Marini (verified owner)

    I’ve been trying to get a patchouli plant for years since I lost one I had. One of the reasons that I did not buy on online was the poor reports that I read around the internet. Many comments are about how small they are when shipped and that they need to be nursed back to life. I was pleasantly surprised with the two plants I bought, not only they are of a decent size but they seem to be in very healthy condition.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Juan,
      I’m happy you received the patchouli in good condition. Plant placement is extremely important–its odd, but the patchouli population was starting to decline when we had it on the west side of the greenhouse, and then when we set them to the center, they came back strong! That’s what you got. I always take negative reviews with a dose of salt. When a disgruntled person points a finger at somebody, three fingers are pointing back at them!
      Richo

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  4. Question

    Connie Underwood

    When can I get one?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Connie,
      I expect to have patchouli seed in stock by the end of January, 2019. I’ll grow out some plants and list them eventually. Thanks so much for your interest–a favorite of mine, too–I will continue having true patchouli available whenever possible.
      Rich

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    • Linda Ruiz

      Hi Rich, any live patchouli soon?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      yes, they are about the size of dimes, we will be enabling once they are big enough

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    • Larry

      Will you have potted acerola (barbados chery) plant available soon

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Sorry, no, we don’t do acerola.

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    • meganmcgoodwin

      Maybe an obvious question but…does the greenery of the plant smell strongly like the essential oil?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Megan, strangely, it doesn’t. You can grab a fleeting aroma of patchouli on hot and humid days when the plants give off puffs of essential oil. Its a long story, but basically eo of patchouli develops its incredibly sexy odor as a response to aging of the oil. I know herbalists who take their patchouli for a walk, leaving it open and strolling along, to age it. Richo

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    • Margie Wilson

      Are you currently selling the patchouli plants and how much is shipping to Kansas? Also do you have Mugwort seeds or plants

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Margie,
      Both patchouli and mugwort plants are available at their respective pages. you’re already on the patchouli plant page https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product/patchouli-true-pogostemon-cablin-potted-plant-organic/
      We start taking orders for seeds again Sep 1.
      Richo

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