Giloy is a very popular medicinal plant in India, also known as Guduchi and a Heart-Shaped Moonseed finding various use in Ayurvedic medicines.
You will be surprised to know how easy it is to grow this magical plant at home.
How to grow a Giloy Plant?
To grow a Giloy plant at home use these steps:
Step 1. Plant it in normal garden soil, and put the container under partial shade.
Step 2. Keep the soil moist.
Step 3. Once it starts to grow big, move it to direct sunlight & provide it with trellis support or guide it to a nearby big plant.
The most amazing thing about the Giloy plant is that it can be grown from its stems, cuttings and even seeds.
What you saw above was just a rough idea, let’s get into the details and grow this amazing plant and reap its benefits.
How to Grow Giloy Plant at Home (Step by Step)
Table of Content
- Best Season To Grow Giloy Plant
- How to Grow Giloy Plant From Stem
- Grow Giloy From Cutting
- How to grow Giloy From Seeds
- Things Required
- Giloy Plant Care
Best Season/Time to grow Giloy Plant
The best season/time to grow a Giloy plant is in the monsoon.
This is also the time when giloy plants produce fruit, which is a source of giloy seeds & can be used to grow it.
How to grow Giloy Plant from Stem
To grow a giloy plant from the stem, take stem cuttings from the end part of the giloy plant, then fill a pot with soil and insert these stem cuttings in it and water it gently to make the soil moist, then keep the pot in partial shade away from direct light.
Let’s see the whole process in detail:
How to take stem cuttings of a Giloy plant?
The cuttings you take should be around 20-25 cm in length and have at least 3-4 leaf nodes on it. New growth will appear from these nodes.
Preparing the Container
Take a container of 8 inches with drainage holes.
Make potting soil by mixing Garden Soil & Compost (like this), and fill it inside the container (pot or grow bag).
Once it is done, now simply insert the stem inside the soil in such a way the leaf nodes are out of the soil then water it enough that the soil becomes moist.
Now keep this container in a partially shaded area that gets medium to bright indirect sunlight, but protect it from direct sun.
The only thing you need to do now is to keep the soil moist.
After a week or two, you will see new leaves coming out of the nodes.
As it starts to grow big, you can guide the vine to a bigger plant.
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Growing Guduchi From Cutting
For growing giloy from cutting, you need to take a few cuttings from the leaf nodes, and make a cut at the bottom of these cutting and dip it in rooting hormone and then plant it in soil. Maintaining its moisture.
Growing it from cutting is different from the stem method, as in that we needed to cut the whole stem but in this method we are only taking cuttings from the leaf nodes that had already started to grow.
Check for branches that are growing from the leaf nodes of the giloy plant, carefully cut it from the nodes and then make another cut at the bottom and dip it in rooting hormone (like this one).
This will promote root growth easily.
After this simply plant it in the pot and water it gently.
Keep it in partial shade.
How to Grow Guduchi from Seeds
To grow Giloy from seeds, simply take the seeds, and prepare potting soil by mixing garden soil and compost. Sprinkle the seeds all over it and lightly cover them with more soil.
- After this simply water it to make the soil moist and keep it in a partial shade. After 7-10 days the seeds will germinate.
- If you already have a giloy plant at your home or nearby, you will see that during monsoon season it produces green-coloured fruit which turns yellowish and finally reddish in colour with time.
- Once it has turned red, you can simply pluck it and get seeds out of it.
- Simply wash them and they are ready to use.
If you don’t have access to giloy seeds, you can order them from here (amazon).
Now once you have got your seeds, now comes the fun part.
- Simply take a container of 6 inches, and make some drainage holes in it.
- Fill it with potting soil (Garden Soil & Vermicompost) and make a few holes in the soil at some gap with your finger.
- Now insert the seeds in these holes and cover it.
- After all this, water it and keep it in a bright lit location away from direct sunlight.
- And maintain the moisture in the soil by watering it regularly.
You will see results within 10 days.
You will need any of these three things.
Rooting hormone will only be required when you grow Giloy from cuttings, it is used to promote root growth. You can get a good like this from amazon.
For growing a giloy plant, you need not be worried much about the soil as it can grow in almost any type of soil.
For this you can use:
- Garden Soil – 75%
- Compost or Vermicompost – 25% (best quality one like this)
For containers, you can either use a pot or grow bags of 6-10 inch size depending on the number of giloy plants you are planning to grow.
Whichever type of container you choose, make sure it has 3-4 drainage holes at the bottom.
This will help in proper air circulation inside the container and allow excess water to pass.
Giloy Plant Care
For Giloy plant care you have to take be careful of the following things.
|Sunlight||Full Sunlight ( 5-6 hours direct ), partial in summers.|
|Water||Only water when top few inches dry|
|Fertilizer||Very light fertilizer in Spring and Summers|
|Support||Insert a trellis or guide on nearby plant|
|Container||Must have drainage holes|
I hope you were able to understand every method of growing giloy plant at home.
If you still want more clarification on any topic, do comment below your queries.