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Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata), potted plant, organic

$10.00

Family:  Acanthus (Acanthaceae)

Annual but long-season, fully maturing in 160 days. Can be harvested for the active portion (leaf) well prior to that time.  Often self-seeding in the right conditions (extended warm conditions).  May go from early flowering back into vegetation phase and then flower again in late season.  Dry conditions tend to stimulate flowering and seed production, while moist conditions tend to stimulate leaf growth.

(Kalmegh, Chuan-xin-lian, King of Bitters) Annual, native to China and India, flowering spotted white to a height of 18 inches and equally broad. The upright follicle seedpods (pictured) are characteristic.  The follicle ripens from green to brown and then summarily splits, shooting its seeds to a distance.  Rare in the trade and highly desired plant. Traditional usage (TAM, TWM): bitter digestive, pandemics, vermifuge. Prefers full sun and regular garden conditions, and will even thrive in poor soil. Shady conditions will promote leaf growth and slow flowering and seed production. Space plants 1 to 2 feet apart.
Potted plant, Certified Organically Grown

 

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    Katherine R Adams

    What does this plant require to produce viable seed?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi katherine, it really takes a 160 day growing season so we get an early start. our approach has been to bulk the plants up as much as possible in the early part of the summer, then let them dry out somewhat, which causes them to go to flower and seed. but the seedpods remain soft for a long time and d=can’t be harvested until they are rigid. wait too long to harvest, and the seedpod explodes. r

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    • Antoinette Winchester

      Can this be grown in zone 7 or if not csn it be grown inside under grow lights?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      halo antoinette, thanks for caring about andrographis, a really nifty little herb. it can be grown as a summer annual although it will not overwinter in a z 7. it also does grow in pots and under grow lights although it eventually does get tired of the pot. not until its flowered, usually. richo

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