The Ajwain plant is also known as Mexican mint or Indian Borage. The Ajwain plant has the same aroma and taste as carom seeds. In fact, by touching only one can sense that it is an oregano plant.
The green leaves of the Ajwain plant are called oregano and it is also used in pizza. Most people know it just like that, but these leaves have many benefits. This also gives flavor and a different taste to the food. You can also make oregano at home by drying Ajwain plant leaves. But for this, first of all, know that if you want to plant an Ajwain plant in the house, then what do you have to do for this?
In this post, we will discuss some important points which will help you to grow an Ajwain plant at your home.
Best season for Ajwain Plant
- It blooms more in the summer as it is a summer plant.
- Sunlight required for this plant is 1-4 hours maximum, not more than that. Otherwise, it will not flourish accordingly.
- During winters, it grows at a slow pace and needs to be covered to prevent it from the craggy cold.
- The duration of February to October is the best for the growth of this plant.
Water requirement for Ajwain Plant
- It is a succulent plant. Hence, it needs less water.
- Give water when the soil looks dry.
- Do not over-water.
Best Soil Mixture for Ajwain Plant
1. Garden soil
- Always take soil that is available in your area.
- Plants grow healthy in environment-friendly soil.
2. Compost (half of the garden soil)
- If the soil lacks any nutrients, compost is required to meet the particular level of nutrients and minerals.
- The quantity of the compost (vermicompost or cow-dung compost or kitchen compost) should be half of the garden soil.
3. Sand (half of the compost)
- Take river sand which is available near your area or any construction site.
- Sand is an essential component because it prevents the soil from becoming hard like stone.
- Cocopeat holds the moisture for a longer duration.
- The quantity of cocopeat should be the same as sand if sunlight comes to your area for 3 to 4 hours.
note: the quantity of cocopeat should be half of the sand if the exposure to the sunlight is for 1 to 2 hours.
5. Neem Khali (neem cake)
- Despite all these products neem Khali (neem cake) can also be added in small quantities.
- Mix all the material properly and it is a perfect soil mixture for the Ajwain plant.
Best pots for Ajwain plant
- Clay pots are the best pots for the Ajwain plant, an approximately 10-12 inch pot is sufficient for terrace or balcony gardening.
From where to purchase the Ajwain plant
- This plant is easily available in all the nurseries by the name of “ajwain plant” and can be bought at the price of Rs 40-50.
How to plant Ajwain plant in the soil?
- First step: Fill the pot with soil and give water, so, that the soil settles down easily.
- Second step: Create some space in the soil and place the cutting inside the soil.
- Third step: Water the soil slowly. Give water from a spray bottle, so that the soil of the pot becomes wet. Water again for the second time till the water comes out of the bottom hole.
- Fourth step: Keep the pot in a shaded area where there is no direct sunlight.
- It will start growing in a few days.
Important points to keep in mind
To grow the Ajwain plant in a pot, it is important to keep some points in mind:
- Plant Ajwain plant in the summer season.
- Avoid over-watering.
- Fertilize the plants every 25 days.
- The pot should be wide, but the height should not be high. This makes it difficult for plants to grow.
- Mix vermicompost and cocopeat in the soil.
Medicinal use of Ajwain plant
The Ajwain plant is rich in many nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, fiber, sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and thiamine, due to which it is used as a medicinal plant.
- It gives relief from knee pain.
- It also helps in gastric pain and acidity problems.
- Consumption of 2-3 leaves in a day is enough for the pioneered problems.
Kitchen’s king ingredient
- These leaves can be used in making vegetables and snacks.
- To prepare different dips.
- In Italian dishes also, it adds flavor.
Best fertilizers for Ajwain plant
- Ajwain plant does not undergo the process of flowering and fruiting hence any heavy fertilizer like chemicals, DAP, or NPK is not required. Organic fertilizers are always preferred.
Suggested fertilizers are-
1. Kitchen Compost Tea
- In the process of making kitchen compost, the liquid residual is obtained called kitchen compost tea.
- It acts as a very healthy tonic for the optimum growth of the plant. Dilute it with double the quantity of water and give it to the plant every month.
2. Vermicompost Tea
- Dilute one spatula of vermicompost with 1 liter water and keep it aside for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, take the upper water (leave the settled compost behind) and mix it with 4 liters of water. Pamper the Mexican mint with this tea every 30 days.
3. Mustard Cake Liquid Fertiliser can also be given thrice ( February, August, and November) in a year when the weather is not very humid.
Cutting & pruning of Ajwain plant
- 3-4 times pruning of the leaves and branches in a week is suggested for the booming growth of the plant.
- These branches can be used as a cutting for the growth of new plants.
- Generally, it does not get attacked by any pests. Still, once in 3-4 months neem spray can be done to it.
It was all about the Ajwain plant.
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