Ashwagandha, Vedic (Withania somnifera), packet of 100 seeds, organic

$3.95

Family: Nightshade (Solanacea)

Hardy to Zones 8 to 12 , otherwise grown as an annual, 200 days to maturity

Evergreen or herbaceous subshrub, Native to Africa, India, Middle East and Orient. Traditional usage (Ayurveda):  energy and sexual tonic. Plant prefers full sun, fast-draining, alkaline (pH 7.5 to 8.0) soil and dryish conditions.  Sweeten regular garden soil with ground limestone.  Light dependent germinator.  Sow in early spring indoors or in the greenhouse.  Average germ time 15 days.  Space 1 foot apart–grows 2 to 3 feet tall, producing eventually the lantern-like pods enclosing the pea-sized fruits, green at first and becoming bright red as the inflated calyx dries and becomes transparent.  Pretty little winter cherries.

100 Seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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  1. tsakanias

    tsakanias

    seed of indian ginseng or withania somnifera

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  2. Stefanie

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    Stefanie

    I originally got my seeds from y’all last year which I had almost 100% sprout. I am saving my seeds now. The seeds are extremely oily. Is there any special processing needed or just patience as they dry?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Stefanie,
      Thanks for contacting. The best way to process ashwagandha berries for seeds is to put the fresh berries in a blender with enough water to assure a vortex, then whip it up for half a minute or so and pour the lot in a bowl. Add more water, stir briefly, let it settle for a few seconds, then pour off the water, the fruit, the floating seeds and all other undesirables and leaving the pure viable seed in the bottom of the bowl. Do this a couple of times until the seed is pure, then pour the wet seed off into a screen and dry and stir for a few days, then plant or store. Ashwagandha, like several other nightshade plants, increases in germination for some years as it ages. The oily residue that is formed when seed is allowed to dry in the fruit is germination-inhibiting. Just plant more, you’ll get some plants. If you want more information on the seed flotation process and general info about seed saving of medicinal plants, read “The Medicinal Herb Grower.” Cheers, Richo

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