Saflax - Chinese Magnolia Vine - Schisandra Chinensis - 15 Seeds

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  • In China since 2000 years known as the plants with the five flavours!
  • Fresh seeds from recent harvest
  • 15 seeds per packet
  • With detailed instructions for successful potting
  • The earliest reference of the Chinese Magnolia Vine dates back to the Han Dynasty almost 2000 years ago. Its natural hab


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SAFLAX - Chinese Magnolia Vine - Schisandra chinensis - 15 seeds

In China since 2000 years known as the plants with the five flavours!

Wu-Wei-Zi means herb of five flavours. And yes: when you eat the red berries, you can taste all five flavours of sweet, sour, spicy, salty and bitter. In Europe the Chinese Magnolia Vine is still an exotic and less known fruit, but in China it is an appreciated medicinal plant with a long tradition as restorative. The deciduous and steadily lignifying climbing plant is frost-hard and rather carefree, with a growing height of a few meters. The oval-shaped, hastate leaves are shiny and change their colour to yellow in autumn. In May it produces rather inconspicuous white to light-pink coloured flowers with an aromatic scent. The first shiny red bunches of fruits of the Wu-Wei-Zi can usually be harvested in autumn after two years. With the berries you can make jam, syrup or non-alcoholic drinks. As a creeping plant, the Chinese Magnolia Vine can also be cultivated for the greening of a pergola or climbing trellis.

Natural Location: The earliest reference of the Chinese Magnolia Vine dates back to the Han Dynasty almost 2000 years ago. Its natural habitat is in Japan, Korea and China.

Cultivation: Seed propagation indoors is possible throughout the year. To increase the germinability, you can place the seeds in warm water over night for priming. Then, just spread the seeds onto moist potting compost and cover the seed container with clear film to prevent the earth from drying out. Don't forget to make some holes in the clear film and take it every second or third day completely off for about 2 hours. That way you avoid mold formation on your potting compost. Place the seed container somewhere bright and warm with a temperature between 20° C and 25° Celsius and keep the earth moist, but not wet. Usually it takes a couple of weeks until germination.

Place: A half-shaded place would be ideal for your plant. However, if it is kept in a full sunny spot, it needs sufficient watering in accordance. As a crawling plant it also needs a climbing aid.

Care: Keep the earth constantly moist since the Schisandra doesn't tolerate longer dry periods. You may water regularly, but always allow the upper layer of the soil to dry before watering the plant again. It also doesn't like waterlogging. To support the flowering and fructification, it is advisable to give fertilizer for fruit trees from April until September. Pruning is usually not necessary. Young plants should hibernate indoors at least for the first winter.

During Winter: The Chinese Magnolia Vine is frost-resistant up to -30° Celsius. However, young plants and tub plants should be provided with a proper protection during winter.

Bonsai ability: No

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