Amruthaballi is a herbaceous perennial with a spreading and climbing habit. It is native to the Indian subcontinent. They have many medicinal uses and are used in Ayurveda to treat many diseases.
Botanical name: Tinospora cordifolia
Common names: Gurjo, Heart-leaved moonseed, Guduchi, and Giloy.
Growing Amruthaballi in Pots
Choosing a Pot
Be mindful not to choose a big container. Amruthaballi can grow with its voracious spreading habit. So, it is best to choose a pot one size bigger than the root ball to keep the plant's growth in control.
Amruthaballi is a plant that grows in tropical and subtropical climates. So they prefer bright light, but harsh afternoon light can damage the leaves. The vines become lanky if it is kept in the dark place. It likes gentle early morning sunlight. Staking is a must as it is a climber. You can also trail this vine on trellis and fences.
Amruthaballi prefers neutral soil that is rich in organic matter and drains well. You can add manure or compost to enrich the organic content in the soil.
Amruthaballi is a hardy plant, and it grows wildly in rain-fed conditions. So they do not prefer regular watering. Put the fingers tips in the potting soil and check if it is moist. Only if the soil seems to be a bit dry, supply water. It does not tolerate waterlogged conditions.
Organic manure or compost can be applied if the soil lacks nutrients. Using slow-releasing Nitrogen fertilizer in the growing season can promote the development of the plant.
Re-pot them once every 1-2 years into a new pot that is slightly larger than the existing one. Re-pot carefully so as to cause no damage to roots
Pruning is essential, as this vine spreads extensively. Cut off the excess branches and yellow leaves regularly.
Pests and Diseases
No pests and diseases are infesting Amruthaballi as such. However, use organic pesticides if you find any aphids, mites, or thrips on the plant.
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