Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata), packet of 20 seeds, organic

$4.95

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.

(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. Start early in greenhouse and transplant out after frost.  Space plants 2 feet apart–they become quite bushy when really happy.   Cultivation: Use a sandy mix, press seed into surface, keep warm, moist and in the light.  Germination in 10 days and ongoing.
Packet contains 20 seeds, Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Rebecca

    Hi,
    I have a couple of Andrographis plants with some seed pods on them. I bought them to collect seeds because seeds were always “sold out” when I looked…
    Now I don’t know when to harvest the seed pods. Any tips? My summers get into 80s mostly with plenty of humidity. I plan to plant the plants outside once June hits. But for now, they’ve survived under growth lights all winter. Thanks for everything that you do…

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Rebecca, Thanks for contacting. I had good results with the seeds we grew (and sold) last year and I too have a number of good plants I’m looking forward to planting to field if these morning frosts will ever move somewhere else. ANyhow, it is easy to know when to harvest the seeds and fatal to collect the pods too early. The upright pods (follicles) will become very rigid once ready–they cannot be harvested when still soft–the follicle will go from green to brown and if it begins to split, collect it right away! Otherwise wait until you can rioll it between your fingers and it splits–and don’t let the orange-ey seeds drop when that happens. In other words, wait until the follicle begins to dehisce before picking and removing seeds. It is better to put the follicle on a piece of paper in a seed cleaning screen to dry and naturally drop its seeds–those are the best ones! And keep it lidded, too, because they forcibly eject. bouncing ball-bearings of bitter potential… Richo

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    Amorntip Muangprom

    Currently, do you have about 50 gram of Andrographis paniculata seeds? If so, how much does it cost?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Amorntip, I note that Andrographis paniculata seed is currently out of stock. We have planted plants to field and look forward to a harvest in September/october. We will enable bulk purchasing at that time if the harvest is sufficiently weighty. Richo

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    • Gregory

      Did that September/October seed harvest go as planned? A. paniculata is proving remarkably hard to find seed sources for at this time! Richter’s evidently had a “crop failure” this year. Thanks for doing all the work you and your team do, and wishing you and your farm/business all the best in these unique times…

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Gregory,
      Yes, we did succeed with Andrographis both for the herb and the seeds. The seeds sold out in a few weeks. If you hit “waitlist” you will get an e-mail when the next crop is in. The seedlings have already been started in the greenhouse.
      Richo

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    • Gregory

      Cool, that’s great! After writing I realized that was probably what happened (back in, then sold out). Thanks for the follow-up. Yes I love the waitlist, so grateful you have that handy feature on the site. I look forward to placing an order ‘in time’ once they’re back in stock — perhaps around ~June/July, if that 160 dtm holds true. Or whenever the seeds decide to form, and a waitlist notification comes through. Excited either way.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Thanks for your understanding. Andrographis is important, we’ll re-enable as soon as possible with the fresh seeds. r

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    • caitlin r

      What growing zones for this please? And I am in Florida. Are any zones perennial?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi there caitlin, we don’t list zones for annuals. Andrographis is a tropical annual. It will grow well in Florida. The plant dies down after completing its growth cycle. It is a self-seeder. Richo

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  3. Question

    DeAnna

    Are your Androgrpahis Seeds Organic?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      no, they fall under the classification of open pollinated and untreated. they’re from india. richo

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    Feliciano Luna (verified owner)

    Is it possible to ship this to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and how much is the shipping cost.

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      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, and shipping costs depend on items ordered and can be reviewed prior to finalization.

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    • Godwin

      I would like to buy as much as 10 to 20 grammes of your king of bitters seeds. But first I want to know if this plant can grow well in tropical countries like Nigeria? Secondly, what is the percentage germination rate of your seeds?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Godwin, Andrographis grows very well in the tropics–it is from the tropics. Germination rate depends on conditions and time. Germination rate on the same seed lot can be zero or 90% depending on cultivation practices, I can give no guarantees, the seed is loaded with germination inhibiting compounds which must be leached prior to germination.
      Richo

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    • sarah

      I am in Washington state. Will it grow well here?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Sarah,
      Andrographis is a tropical weed. It grows well in hot, moist greenhouses in Washington State.
      Richo

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  5. Question

    Nawoda Herath

    Is this coming from India or Nepal

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      At this point I’m packing seed from our own production–it comes from Williams, Oregon.

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    • Jaime santos

      Are you selling Andrographis paniculata plant

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      We really don’t offer annuals as plants and try to stick to perennials and biennials.

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