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If you're into healthy drinks you've probably heard of this plant but if not here's the highlight: Yerba mate is often used in energy drinks because it contains more caffeine than coffe and more antioxidants/vitamins than tea!. You can boil the leaves and make a tea out of it or you can soak the green leaves under your lip to give you the boost you need :).


Yerba mate growing tips:


-Best time to plant: Anytime night temperatures are 50-60F every single night consistently and expected to rise in the next month or so. (late spring, summer)


-Sun: All day, this plant will take scorching 120F direct sun all day and loves it. Can it grow in partial shade to full shade? Yes but don't expect to perform nearly as well as in the sun.


-Winter: Hard frost sensitive. This plant will take ambient temperatures down to low 20F's like it's nothing. We have never lost a plant in the winter even when we had our coldest winter (2 years ago 19F). They can even take light frost!!!!. This plant falls in the "bullet proof category".


-Growth rate: This plant once fully rooted in a pot grows like a weed. Once planted in ground, it will take a full calendar year to fully establish itself then it will grow at about 1-2ft a year up to 12-15ft tall. No top growth its first year in ground is normal. Remember though if your plant takes damage during that period, it will reset this 1 year time every time!.


-Root system: Shallow, safe to plant close to structures.


-Structure: This is a shrub not a tree unless pruned otherwise.


-Flowers/fruit: This plant flowers late spring. It doesn't produce edible fruits. The foliage is what you eat anyway.


-Water: Frequent water its first year in ground, concentrate on the rootball only, not filling up the berms 10ft deep and forgetting about the plant for a week...unless you want a dead plant. To be honest, only way to kill this plant is to not water.


-Container growing: Good candidate for container growing due to its root system not being invasive. It will grow fast so you will need to up keep.


-How to plant: Check our "growing tips section" and watch the "drainage video". That's all you need to be successful. Compost and mulch is all you need to feed this plant.

Yerba mate ( Llex paraguariensis ) energy plant!

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