How to Grow Ashwagandha

by Tamiya King, Demand Media

    Ashwagandha, also known as Indian Ginseng and Winter Cherry, can help to boost the immune system. According to the Alchemy Works website, the herb may alleviate impotence or infertility due to its plant steroids, called withanolides. The part of the plant used most often is the root, which is harvested and dried and taken as tea or in capsule form. There are no known side effects, according to the Ashwagandha Herbs website. This beneficial plant can be grown at home from seed, although it may be easier for you to order Ashwagandha from a seed supplier or nursery.

    Step 1

    Buy Ashwagandha seeds from an online nursery or seed company. If you visit a local garden retailer often in your city, request that the retailer order the seeds for you so you can pick them up at your leisure.

    Step 2

    Purchase quality potting soil and fill the seed tray about three-fourths of the way with the soil.

    Step 3

    Pour water into a spray bottle and water the soil so that it's damp but not soppy.

    Step 4

    Position one or two Ashwagandha seeds into each of the compartments of the seed tray. Press the seeds gently into the soil, but don't cover the seeds; they should be indented slightly into the potting soil's surface.

    Step 5

    Place the seed tray in a position in your home or garden where the seeds will receive bright sunlight at a temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the Alchemy Works website, Ashwagandha takes about two weeks to germinate under these conditions.

    Step 6

    Spray the top of the soil with water so the surface doesn't dry out. You can also place the seed tray in a sink filled with about 2 inches of water to water the seeds from the bottom.

    Step 7

    Keep watering the Ashwagandha after germination and until they are about 4 inches high. Transfer the plants directly into your garden. Put them in a location that has sandy soil and receives full sun.

    About the Author

    Tamiya King has been writing for over a decade, particularly in the areas of poetry and short stories. She also has extensive experience writing SEO and alternative health articles, and has written published interviews and other pieces for the "Atlanta Tribune" and Jolt Marketing. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts in English and is currently pursuing higher education to become a creative writing professor.