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Lepidium meyenii – Maca (seed)

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Lepidium meyenii or Maca is native to the high Andes of Bolivia and Peru. With over 60 phytochemicals and an array of vitamins, minerals and enzymes the beneficial properties are gigantic. It is described as an tonic, diuretic, stimulant, laxative and expectorant. However a side effect is the increase in libido and Maca is considered a potent aphrodisiac. Maca is now known as Lepidium peruvianum.

See Wikipedia for more information.

Care and Cultivation of Lepidium meyenii

Maca seeds should be sown in winter or when cold, just under the surface of a well drained potting mix, which can include equal parts perlite:potting mix:vermiculite and some sand. Once the seedlings emerge (7 days), they can either be thinned out or left until they are big enough to withstand transplanting. They can also be directly sown into the garden to avoid transplant shock and this is the preferred method of raising from seed.

Full sun with adequate water but can take dry periods well as it is used to poor soils in the mountains of Peru. Likes sandy soil, drought tolerant once established. Biennial, harvest roots in 2nd year.

50+ seeds per packet


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