Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a plant in the Solanaceae or Nightshade family that has been used for over 3,000 years in India and the East as a medicinal plant. It is one of the major herbs of Ayurveda. It grows very well in Hawai’i, and could be in your families backyard medicine chest.
Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition or if you are pregnant or nursing. You are responsible for your own health. As with conventional medicine, herbal medicine is vast and complex, and must be used responsibly.
Open pollinated -
It grows easily from seed, but it can take about 3 weeks to germinate in a pot with moist potting mix. When the plant has 2 sets of mature leaves, carefully transplant into it’s own pot and grow it up a little more then transplant in the garden. Let the plant grow for about one year. Usually Ashwagandha is harvested in the late fall, when the plant begins to decline after it seeds.
This seed lot has 58% germination at 3 weeks. To compansate for the slow germination, more seedswere included in the package.
Spacing: Plant 3 feet apart after transplanting to the garden
Days to Maturity: 365