Lepidium Meyenii, Maca - Plant

Lepidium meyenii (maca) is an herbaceous biennial plant of the crucifer family.
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About Lepidium Meyenii

Cape gooseberry is a perennial, somewhat vining plant usually reaching 2-3 ft. in height. Under good conditions it can reach 6 ft, but will need support. The purplish, spreading branches are ribbed and covered with fine hairs.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Lepidium Meyenii, Maca,Cape Gooseberry, Goldenberry, Husk Cherry, Peruvian Ground Cherry
Maximum Reachable Height 10 m
Flower Colour purplish-green
Bloom Time January-February.
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • Start with pruning shears for smaller growth.
  • Use loppers, which look like giant, long-handle shears, for growth that is more than half an inch thick.
  • A small pruning saw is handy, as it cuts on both the push and the pull.
  • Lepidium Meyenii care

    An accurate soil test will tell you where your pH currently stands. Acidic (sour) soil is counteracted by applying finely ground limestone, and alkaline (sweet) soil is treated with ground sulfur.If you order roses from a mail-order company, order early, in January or February (March at the latest). They are usually shipped in the spring as bare roots when plants are fully dormant, well before they have leafed out

    Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
    Watering Medium
    Soil Well-drained soil
    Temperature 28 to 55 °F
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

    Lepidium Meyenii special feature

    It has a strange property, since, as they grow with this root,

    Lepidium Meyenii uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for ornamental purpose

    Medicinal Use:

    • Lepidium meyenii (maca) is an herbaceous biennial plant of the crucifer family native to the high Andes of Peru
    • It was found at the Meseta of BomBom close to Junin Lake in the Andes
    • It is grown for its fleshy hypocotyl (a fused hypocotyl and taproot), which is used as a root vegetable and a medicinal herb

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How to use maca plant?

    Maca dried hypocotyls are used for making hair products, Juices, cocktails, porridges and jams.

    What is maca plant?

    Maca is herbaceous, perennial plant, growing 12 to 20 cm. Its has succulent roots and short and decumbent stems. Its leaves are rosulate, pinnatipartite.

    How to grow maca plant?

    Maca plant is propagated by seeds. Plant is grown by seeds and limb cuttings. Consider the following points to grow plant. 1. Sunlight- More than 6 hours of direct bright sunlight is required. 2. Soil- Soil should be well drained, fertile and nutrient rich. 3. Water- Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch. 4. Fertilizer - Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season (June-July). Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

    When to plant maca?

    September- October is best time to plant Maca plant.

    Is maca a hybrid plant?

    No, Maca is not hybrid plant.

    Can you eat the maca plant?

    Yes, Maca plant is used for various culinary purpose.

    How to plant maca?

    To plant Maca plant consider the following points 1. To grow plant in pot, choose a pot having of 5-7 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2. Fill the 1/3 pot with well drained soil rich in organic content and place the plant in the center of the pot. 3. Fill the remaining pot with same soil. 4. Keep the plant in indirect bright light location for 2-3 days and then gradually move to a location that receives more than 6 hours of direct sunlight. 5. Once the plant is overgrown in current pot, plant it in field. If you are planting purchased plant directly in ground follow below procedure. 1. Keep the plant in indirect bright light for 3-4 days and gradually move to a location receiving direct sunlight for more than 6 hours a day. 2. Dig a pit twice the size of the bag/pot the current plant is in. 3. Fill the 1/3 of pit with soil rich in organic content, place the plant in center and fill the pit with same soil. 4. Apply water. General caring tips- Plant should get more than 6 hours of sunlight a day. Water the plant when surface soil (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season (June-July).


    Saturday, 01 February 2020

    perfect gift for your office and home.

    Raksha Raji

    Wednesday, 27 November 2019

    Fresh and beautiful, Must buy!


    Monday, 25 November 2019

    Got the plant in good condition, and it is growing well.

    N Srinivasa Raju
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