How to Grow Ashwangandha
Annual. Germination 10-20 days. Part to full sunlight in sandy or rocky well-drained soil. Place plants 2 – 3 ft. apart. Harvest in approximately 6 months.
Ashwagandha is regarded as one of the great rejuvenative herbs of India. According to Ayurveda, the traditional healing system of India, the root of this low-growing shrub is said to be effective for a host of debilitated conditions, including general weakness, impotence, infertility, and others. Ashwaganda is sometimes described as “Indian Ginseng” for the significance of this botanical in Indian pharmacopoeia.
Native to India, Ashwagandha bushes will grow to heights of 3 feet or more and produce light green flowers from midsummer onwards which will develop into orange or deep red berries by fall.
Not recommended for planting in containers.
Ashwagandha prefers full sun and fairly dry conditions, and has low to moderate water needs.
Ashwagandha can be direct sown outdoors following the last frost, approximately 3/8″ below the surface of the soil and kept evenly moist. Otherwise, you can sow indoors in early spring to give your starts additional time to develop before going outside. Sow seeds slightly closer to the surface, 1/4″, if using flats or other small containers indoors.
Start your seeds in spring in a nursery pot or flat that you have filled with potting soil that has a bit of sand. Press the small seeds gently into your soil. Ashwagandha is reluctant to grow very well in even slightly compacted soil—the sand is important.
Keep soil moist as seeds begin to germinate. Transplant into larger containers and gradually expose to outdoor conditions. Prepare your outdoor planting area by digging a small amount of sand into the soil.
Transplant in late spring to a sunny location once plants are stable have reached a height of around 4″ or more.
Water well and keep the plants moist until they begin to show strong signs of growth. After that time, keep your Ashwagandha fairly dry.
Harvest the plant’s roots in the fall. You can also harvest its red berries and dry them for the many seeds they contain, which you can plant the following spring.