Schisandra, Official (Schisandra chinensis) seeds

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Family: Magnolia (Magnoliaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 8

(Wu-wei-zi) Perennial woody vine. Native to Manchuria, northeastern China and Japan. The odoriferous pink or white flowers give way to bright red fruit which droops down in clusters from the vine. This is known as the many-flavored berry. The taste is sour. Traditional usage (TCM): appetite stimulant, immune-enhancement.  Vine prefers moist soils and dappled shade, and really prefers to sprangle on the ground instead of climbing a trellis.  Some people scarify the seeds before planting but I find this to be unnecessary.  Soak seeds in water overnight before planting.   Give 30 days warm (70 to 80 degrees F), then 30 days cold (40 degrees F), then plant in cool shade–requires oscillating temperatures for germination.  Light is fine.  Protect flats from birds, which like to eat the germinating seeds.  Protect the seedlings from mice, which like to chew the bark.  Work seedlings up in pots and transplant once sufficiently well-established to survive the rigors of the landscape.  Space 3 feet apart.

Packet contains 20 seeds
5 g contains ~178 seeds
10 g contains ~356 seeds

Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s

Schisandra, Official (Schisandra chinensis) seeds

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  1. Gareth Graff

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Great Seeds

    Gareth Graff

    Very Viable

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  2. 4 out of 4 people found this helpful
    Olga Buettner

    Rated 5 out of 5
    As of now I have 10 plants growing from a packet. Success!

    Olga Buettner (verified owner)

    I had a good result with propagating these seeds as below: 1) soaking seeds in water for 4 days; 2) fill an empty apple sauce cup with barely damp peat moss, add seeds, cover with damp peat moss, and place this cup inside of a zipped plastic bag. Keep at room temperature for 30 days; 3) move the bag (make sure the peat moss is still damp) on a top shelf of a refrigerator (4-5 C) for another 30 days; 4) move the bag inside of a vegetable drawer of your refrigerator (10C). Check for broken seed coat after 2 weeks and when the seed coat is broken, plant at room temperature.

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    • Gareth Graff

      Gareth Graff

      These seeds are great; I got incredible germ rates (about 97%)! This is the first time I’ve had success, so I thought I’d share, I know a lot of people have had issues with starting these plants from seed, but, if you get your seeds from Richo, it’s not the seeds, it’s the strategy. Here’s what I did:

      1. In mid autumn, I soaked the seeds in room temp water for 24 hours, and then planted them in good, rich organic soil, with a high amount of well-composted compost.

      2. Next I placed my flats in an unheated room; in the winter/late fall, the room doesn’t freeze, but it does tend to be around 40-60 F. (Temp fluctuation is key here, sometimes temps would get very warm at first, but then they got cold then warm etc…)

      3. I more or less left the flats alone, the only thing I did was to water them from time to time, when they started to dry out (don’t over-water!).

      4. As the winter came to an end, the seedlings emerged strong and healthy! (After they are fully up, they’ll be better off with grow-lights or in a greenhouse.)

      I hope this method helps you; in my view, it works vastly better than standard stratification methods, because it allows the seeds to breathe more, as they are not sealed in a bag.

      Thank you Richo and the entire team!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Olga,
      This method follows the required warm/cold stratification that is clearly the way to work with schisandra (opposite of normal stratification which is cold/warm).
      Good work,
      Richo

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