We thought we’d put this handy growing guide together, outlining a quick and simple way to grow species such as Ephedra fragilis (‘Joint Pine’) and Ephedra sinica (‘Ma Huang’) from seed.
How to Grow Ephedra from Seed – Materials:
How to Grow Ephedra from Seed – Method:
- Prepare an evenly-mixed blend of half cactus potting soil and half sand.
- Fill the containers with the potting mix and lightly moisten it.
- Very loosely cover the Ephedra seeds with the soil mix.
- Place the containers somewhere in full sun to partial shade.
- The optimum temperature for germination is around 21-26ºC / 70-80ºF, so keep conditions warm and humid. You might consider using a humidity tent (or making one out of a plastic bag).
- Ephedra germination should take place after a week or two, but it may take up to a month or so for the seeds to sprout. Expect a fifty to eighty percent germination rate under ideal conditions.
- Once the seedlings are at least fifteen centimetres tall, they are big enough to transplant into larger containers or the ground. A loose, loamy/sandy well-drained soil produces best results, as long as the maturing plants are lightly watered one or two times a week (dependent on climate and season).
- Congratulations, you’re the proud owner of some Ephedra plants! When they’re big and healthy, they can be further (and more quickly) propagated by dividing the plants into smaller clumps – this is best carried out in the springtime.