Mandrake House Herbs

Specialising in rare plants and herbs

Growing tips 

Looking after your new seeds plants and roots

Seed planting.

The best advice I can give for growing seeds is. Get good quality seeds , make sure everything you use is clean .If possible use sterile compost and make sure your pots and seed trays are clean .By far the biggest killer of mandrake seeds are moulds and disease .

For every 100 seeds I sell I plant 10 and grow plants with them .By doing this I know the seeds are good .

Seeds can be planted any time of year but they do better in spring and autumn. Plant  the seeds 10 mm deep and 50mm apart in a compost of 3parts peat to 1 part sand .DO NOT GET THE COMPOST TOO WET the seeds may rot .Keep the seeds cool in an  unheated greenhouse. Between two weeks or two months later (sometime years later) the seedling should appear  


Your plant will have probably spent several days in the post, sometimes more .The trip can stress the plant and the constant movement of the post office vehicles and handling can cause damage to the base of the leaves.

Sometimes they will take several days or even weeks to recover .It is very difficult to differentiate between dormancy and the plant shedding leaves for regrowth

Sometimes the new owner becomes alarmed at leaves withering and falling off .Leaves are continuously dying back to be replaced with bigger newer leaves the root of the mandrake is very tough .While it has enough nutrients and water, it will produce new leaves, even if they all torn off.


The trick with repotting your plants is minimal root disturbance .This is the method I use, it works for me .Get a large plant pot and fill it with compost make a hole in the compost with a 9cm pot .

Remove the 9cm pot from the hole and a lovely square hole remains.

 Slide the plant out of the pot with the minimal of disturbance .Don't knock it or bang the pot or the compost will loosen around the roots. If it is done properly this is what the root ball should look like.

Gently pick up the plant and slide it carefully into the square 9cm whole you have made .The level of the plant soil should be slightly below the pot soil level .Put the identification stick into the side that will face north .Water the compost and put the pot into its position

Keep the plants in part shade, keep an eye out for pests like slugs and aphids they will destroy the leaves and kill the plants.

 If you are planting outside directly into the ground. There are a number of points to be taken care of.

As a rule of thumb keep the plant out of full noon day sun until the plant is established.

Do not get the root too wet .Keep a young plant that is under one year old, under glass for the first winter .Plant it out in the spring.

Prolonged cold wet soil will kill it the further south you are the better

Before you plant directly into the ground in its final position, experiment to see if it likes it there .Leave it in a plant pot in that spot for a few days or a week .If the leaves begin to wilt or it looks unhappy move it to a better spot.

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As of 1st June 2015 I have made almost three thousand posts with no major problems or upsets .I have every intention of keeping it that way .  

We strive to distribute only the finest quality seed, correctly identified, and of high germination and vigour The satisfaction of the customer is always our aim, and any complaints are given our full attention. If there is any problem with your request, please let us know. Our good reputation is your best warranty.
We give no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the description, quality, productiveness, or any other matter of any seeds we sell, and we will not in anyway be responsible for the crop. Our liability, whether contractual or otherwise, is limited to the purchase price of the seeds under all circumstances.
We make no claims as to the medicinal or edible properties of any plants. All seeds are sold for planting purposes only.
That said, remember that some seeds are difficult and require exacting conditions or prolonged periods to germinate, so have patience, take care in providing correct conditions, experiment, and let us know if you have problems with any seeds.
If there is any problem, we want to be the first to know.
Please check with your Ministry of Agriculture regarding any prohibited seeds or plants. Most countries allow the importation of small amounts of flower seeds without an Import Permit or Phytosanitary Certificate. For most seeds, quantities less than 100 grams are exempt from permit or certificate requirements. Most small requests pass customs with no problems .We are not responsible for any seeds seized by customs.
Please do not inquire as to whether we have shipped your request until at least 30 days after you mail it.
Note: Australia and New Zealand have extremely restrictive agriculture laws - it is nearly impossible to import seed into New Zealand, and Australia. If you are in either of these countries be aware that your seeds may be seized by customs. We are not responsible for seeds that do not reach you! Request at your own risk

occasionally we mention the edible or medicinal properties of plants as they have been reported in the literature. This is solely to point out promising plants to competent researchers, and for historical interest, and we make no claims in this regard. Self-experimentation with medicinal or edible wild plants can be very dangerous, due to toxins and allergic reactions. Do not experiment!