One of the healthiest fruits equivalent to ginseng with 'adaptogen' like properties for increasing mental and physical stamina. Tested extensively in Russia and considered important enough to be included with many types of physical therapy and rehabilitation programs. Fruits are produced on female plants in long clusters which ripen in the fall. Fruit makes a tart drink rich in antioxidants and compounds that improve and protect your liver. We offer seed grown plants. It is said that like persimmon Schisandra is dioecious with male and female flowers on separate plants. We have found this to not always be the case and some of our customers have commented on this after their plants started to fruit, but for practical reasons it might be best to 4-5 to make sure enough polliantion occurs to set fruit. Plants grow rapidly, yielding fruit on female plants in 3-5 years. Like grapes, use a strong fence or trellis system. Shade-tolerant, said to be productive as a woodland vine or for arbors. Clean foliage with few if any insect or disease problems. Height depends on method of growing but said to grow to 100' in the wild.
Our plants are small seedling plants are grown in long paper pots which greatly increases the tap root. These one year seedlings are sometimes multiseeded in a pot and are easy to grow and establish.
|Genus & Species||Schisandra chinensis|
|Pollination Requirements||Male and female are usually on separate plants but not always and some notice fully fertile plants.|
|Soil||Sandy loam or sand.|
|Climate||Zone 4ish-9. Unknown on exact cold hardiness but some selections grow into zone 3.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Best grown for its healthy juice. Once rooted this plant grows very quickly. We have had people fruit them in 4 years from seed. By the third year, plants grow up to 2-3 ft. per year.|