Ashwagandha plant is primarily famous in famous in Ayurveda. It’s known for it’s medicinal importance. It’s mostly grown in different parts of India and also in the Himalayan region. The taxonomic name for the plant is Withania somnifera and it’s common names are Winter Cherry and Indian Ginseng.
Ashwagandha has bell shaped flowers and also has reddish orange berries developed from flowers. It’s a short heighted plant and can grow up to three feet.
How to Cultivate Ashwagandha Plant ?
Season: It’s cultivated specially before monsoon or after monsoon as it is adequate to grow in low rainfall. It’s require warm temperature of around 30 degree Celsius.
Soil Type: Basically it requires dry climate so, soil should be dry and sandy in texture with proper nutrients required for plant to germinate and grow. It’s doesn’t grow in the place where soil is moist so, the soil condition should be taken care of.
Sowing: It’s time to place the seed or stem into the soil by digging a whole of around 3 cm deep and 10 cm wide and it usually take around 14 days for seed to germinate and around a month for plant to grow to it’s actual height.
Watering: It grows in dry condition so, make sure you water only at regular interval and do not over water it because if you over water it the stems might decay and plant may perish and die.
Nutrients: Use organic manure as much as possible as the plant has medicinal value one should keep it as pure as possible
Harvest: It usually takes 6 months before you can harvest the plant. The plant will give fruit and it’s leaves will start to dry out and it’s the indication that plant is ready to harvest. The root of the plant has special value so, make sure it’s dug out carefully using proper tool . The stem and roots along with flowers are dried out properly in sun after cleaning it properly. Once it’s dried you can use it.