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Whole European Mandrake Roots

These are roots of European mandrake that have been preserved in 95% for a number of years, rendering the alcohol an excellent intrument for introducing real mandrake into powders and incense. They are delicate critters, so don't shake the jar, and if you remove them from the jar, handle them very carefully, as they are quite liable to break. However, feel free to put them in a more decorative jar than these pint (16 oz) canning jars.  Mandrakes are excellent in any sort of Saturnian spellwork or even in love spells. Real mandrake roots are as rare as hen's teeth. The seeds are very difficult to germinate and have to go through a period of soaking to have a good germination rate. Once they have germinated, they have to be continually potted up with fresh, clean soil. I usually end up potting up any particular root about four times to get to two years of growth, then they get potted up yearly. Mandrakes turn to mush when they freeze, so I take mine inside in the winter and grow them under lights. It usually takes at least two years for a mandrake root to get to a size that is worth harvesting. They have to harvested carefully because they are brittle and break easily, even just when being washed off, so be careful when handling them.

2010, 2016 Harold A. Roth; No reproduction without permission

Strider mandrake root Strider mandrake root in jarStrider mandrake root in 95% alcohol
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