Vedic Ashwagandha - Withania somnifera
Perennial (in zones 8 and above). Easy to grow, unusual, useful, also increasingly popular herb. In zones cooler than 8, is grown as a summer annual.
Approx.100 seeds per packet.
Photo by Neha Vindhya
Planting & Care
Soil & Water: A tropical that prefers well drained soil in full sun. Keep seed bed evenly moist until germination occurs.
Planting & Growing: Sow in pots or flats in the greenhouse or under lights in the spring. Barely cover and tamp securely then keep warm and evenly moist with light until germinates (up to 4 weeks). Pot into successively larger pots and then transplant outside 2 feet apart.
Harvesting & Storage: Harvest both berries and root to dry for storage.