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Yellow Maca Peruvian Cress [lepidium meyenii]

Yellow Maca Peruvian Cress [lepidium meyenii]

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Tips to reduce water use

We recommend mulching the beds.
Experience has shown that covering the ground with hay or straw can reduce evaporation by 80%. Keeping the beds evenly moist will create an optimal moist microclimate under the mulch. This not only helps the plants to grow, but also reduces the water consumption enormously. On our farm we only water every 2-3 days and irrigate a 200 m2 cultivation area in the Algarve in Portugal with 500l of water. Our beds are always moist, which promotes plant growth and crop quality.

It is also advisable to keep the beds moist at all times.
Even if the bed is not used for a certain period of time. Drying out the soil causes a huge reduction in the micro- and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in an infertile soil.
Tests have shown that the addition of water to the entire bed is lower over a longer period of time than if it is only poured selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured areas, as opposed to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed were filled with moisture.
Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to reach this level again and again.

Shippping and pickup information

We offer CTT shipping for seeds worldwide! With us you always get a tracking number to track your parcel. The shipping costs differ depending on the continent.
Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping Portugal (with Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or Parcel up to 500g = €4.50
Parcel up to 2kg = €8
Parcel more than 2kg = €16

Europe shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €7
Parcel up to 500g = €9.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €14
Parcel up to 2kg = €20
Parcel more than 2kg = €40

United States shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €8.50
Pa up to 500g = €15.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €24
Parcel up to 2kg = €33.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €67

World shipping (to all other areas)
Envelope up to 100g = €7
Parcel up to 500g = €14
Parcel up to 1kg = €21
Parcel up to 2kg = €31.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €63

After completing your order when you check out, you will receive an order confirmation email from us with your tracking number.

Pick up
You can pick up your order at any time by appointment at our farm or at the markets we visit. The possible pick-up options will be displayed to you directly when you check out.

Markets we visit can be found above in the menu bar under"Market Dates"

Maca is a biennial cress and medicinal plant from the high altitudes of the Peruvian Andes. Like ginseng, it is said to have strengthening (adaptogenic) properties.
Today it is considered a valued dietary supplement. There are three types of maca: yellow, red and black. The yellow maca variety is the most commonly grown variety and effectively grows best in cooler climates.
Yellow maca has a positive effect on fat metabolism, hormone balance, cholesterol levels and mineralization. Studies show that yellow maca is particularly beneficial for postmenopausal women, who often experience mood swings and low sexual desire.
Maca grows particularly well at altitudes between 2000 and 4000 m, in arid, dry climates. Cultivation at lower altitudes is also possible. In very hot summers, Peruvian cress does not thrive so well and blooms quickly and only forms very small tubers.

General information
Plant family: Brassicaceae

Lifecycle: Biennial
Days until harvest: 270 days
Plant hight approx: 20 cm
Root type: Deep rooter
Nutrient requirements: Medium
Water requirements: Medium
Winter hardiness: until -10°C
Location: Sunny
Soil: Permeable, nutrient rich, loamy, slightly dry

pH value: 5.5 to 7

Information on sowing and planting
Germ type: Light germinator
Sowing depth: 0 cm
Best germination temperature: 12-18°C
Germination time: 3-10 days
Plant-, row distance: 30x30 cm

Optimal mix culture: 
Unfavorable mix culture: 

Planting information
Maca is ideally sown and cultivated at temperatures below 15°C. In cooler northern regions, sowing takes place from March to April. Cultivation is not recommended in wine-growing climates or in areas with hot summers. Dry wintering in an unheated greenhouse is possible. It is robust, frost hardy and germinates quickly within a few days. Light germinator, just press the seeds on. Since pricking out maca seedlings is unfavorable, they are sown directly on the spot in pots, plates or beds. Even after sowing and throughout the entire growth phase, the subsoil should be kept cool and moist. Avoid waterlogging, rather let it stand a little dry.
Thrives best in relatively dry and well-drained loamy soil.

Other names
Latin botanical names: lepidium meyenii
English names: Maca, peruvian cress
German names: Maca, Peruianische Kresse
Portuguese names: Maca, Agrião peruano
Spanish names: Maca, Berro peruano
French names: Maca, Cresson du Pérou

The ingredients of maca have an unusually high proportion of proteins and minerals. A dried root contains around 65% carbohydrates, around 15% proteins, 9% fiber, 2.5% fats and 4% minerals.

Potent germination capacity: 2-3 years

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