Herb Plant Care and Tips

In this piece of plant-related writing, you will learn about some of the medicinal and herb plants. And the write-up will also help you in taking care of the plants discussed here. If you have any of the plants in your home or plan to get one, you can benefit from this blog.

Herb Plant Care and Tips

Ajwain Plant

Ajwain is used to add taste and goodness to food. And it is added while cooking the food. The ajwain plant is also known as ajowan caraway, thymol seeds, bishop's weed, carom, or Trachyspermum Ammi. It belongs to the family of Apiaceae. Humans can consume both Ajwain seeds and Ajwain leaves. Ajwain is a herb that has many types of beneficial uses. It provides instant relief from acidity, treats the common cold, helps in cleaning wounds, stops greying of hair, and is also a good mosquito repellent.

Ajwain Plant

Banana Tree

Bananas are technically herbs and not fruits. The banana plant is worshipped in the Hindu religion. It is a gigantic herb that springs from an underground stem, or rhizome, to form a false trunk 3–6 meters high. The banana fruit has a mild laxative property which helps in maintaining cardiovascular health and protects from ulcers. And it also contains nutrients that moderate blood sugar levels. Eating a couple of bananas before a routing workout can help in boosting weight loss.

Banana Tree

Pomegranate Tree

Pomegranate, scientifically known as Punica Granatum, is a member of the Lythraceae family. The pomegranate tree can grow between the height of 5 to 10 meters. If a person eats a pomegranate daily, he/she will experience improved gut health and digestion. It has anti-inflammatory effects, which protect our body from diseases such as obesity and type-2 diabetes. Treating insomnia, abdominal pain, dysentery, cough, jaundice, mouth ulcers, skin aging are some of the uses of pomegranate leaves. Some studies have also shown that pomegranate can have the potential to be effective in preventing prostate, breast, lung, and colon cancers.

Pomegranate Tree

Strawberry Plant

The strawberry plant is also counted as a herb plant. And it is a hybrid species of the genus Fragaria. Strawberries are a very rich source of vitamin C which plays an important role in strengthening the eye's cornea and retina. Strawberries are also rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, improving heart health and blood sugar control. Consumption of strawberry plant leaves can be beneficial to alleviate an upset stomach and reduce symptoms of nausea, bloating stomach cramps, and diarrhea.

Strawberry Plant

Tulsi Plant

Tulsi plant is also known as Holy Basil. It is a widely used ayurvedic herb. Tulsi or Holy Basil is a culinary herb from the Lamiaceae family. This native Indian herb is also called "The Incomparable One," "Elixir of Life," or "Queen of the Herbs.". There are eighteen types of Tulsi around the world but four types, namely: Krishna Tulsi, Rama Tulsi, Vana Tulsi, and Kapoor Tulsi, are more famous. Consumption of Tulsi leaves helps in improving the immune system, lowers the risk of heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel conditions. Tulsi is very effective in treating cough, cold, fever, and headaches.

Tulsi Plant

Rosemary Plant

Rosemary is a small evergreen plant of the mint family. It has fragrant and needle-like leaves and can have flowers in white, purple, pink, and blue colours. The scientific name of Rosemary is Rosmarinus officinalis. The rosemary plant grows well in well-drained soil. Being a rich source of antioxidants, Rosemary helps in boosting the immune system and improving blood circulation in the body. The aroma of Rosemary can improve the performance, speed, concentration, and accuracy of a person. In some studies, the therapeutic abilities of Rosemary have shown the potential to prevent brain aging.

Rosemary Plant

Care Tips For The Herb Plants

Sunlight Needs

  • Ajwain Plant - It grows well in full sun to partial shade.
  • Banana Tree - Banana Tree needs at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight.
  • Pomegranate Tree - Loves to receive direct sunlight for 6 to 8 hours.
  • Strawberry Plant - Strawberry plants also require direct sunlight throughout the day.
  • Tulsi Plant - Requires direct sunlight with a temperature of at least 21 degrees celsius. 
  • Rosemary Plant - Can grow both in full sun to partial shade.

 

Soil Requirements

  • Ajwain Plant - Requires well-aerated soil with a ph between 6 to 8.
  • Banana Tree - Soil with a ph between 6.5 to 7.5 is good for Banana.
  • Pomegranate Tree - Deep loamy or alluvial, well-drained soil is good for Pomegranate trees.
  • Strawberry Plant - Requires well-drained soil rich in organic matter.
  • Tulsi Plant - Moderately acidic soil is good for Tulsi. 
  • Rosemary Plant - Thrives for well-drained soil. 

 

Water Requirements

  • Ajwain Plant - It asks for minimal but regular watering.
  • Banana Tree - Require 4 to 6 inches of water each month.
  • Pomegranate Tree - Require 50 to 60 inches of water every year.
  • Strawberry Plant - 1 to 2 inches of water daily for perfect growth.
  • Tulsi Plant - Water the plant when the top 1 inch of soil is dry.
  • Rosemary Plant- Water your rosemary plant once in two to three days.

 

Fertilizer Requirement

  • Ajwain Plant - Slow-release and balanced 10-10-10 is recommended.
  • Banana Tree - Fertilizer with 8-10-8 formula is recommended.
  • Pomegranate Tree - High-nitrogen fertilizer or balanced 10-10-10 formula is recommended.
  • Strawberry Plant - Balanced 12-12-12 fertilizer is recommended.
  • Tulsi Plant - Balanced 10-10-10 liquid fertilizer is recommended.
  • Rosemary Plant - Organic 20-20-20 non-acidic liquid fertilizer is recommended.

 

Cutting Tips

  • Ajwain Plant - Cut-off 5 to 6 inches of the long branch. 
  • Banana Tree - Cut the tree back to 30 inches after harvesting.
  • Pomegranate Tree - Prune your pomegranate tree in late winter every year.
  • Strawberry Plant - Pruning after mid to late February is recommended.
  • Tulsi Plant - Keep ejecting the browned leaves from the plant regularly.
  • Rosemary Plant - Cut the tips of lanky shoots at a 45-degree angle.

Make sure you have any one of the above-mentioned herb and medicinal plants in your home.

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