Feb 28, 2020

Why must you grow Indian Borage at your home?

Indian borage grow

A member of mint family Plectranthus amboinicus is known for its pungent aroma and has numerous medicinal qualities. There are found almost in all the houses in the south of India. Panikoorka also known as Karpooravalli, Mexican Mint, Patharchur, Indian Borage. The leaves of Indian Borage is light green in color and the leaves store in water. The leaves of the Panikoorka smells like mint and has been mistaken for mint. The leaves of Indian Borage is broader than the commonly available mint. They are also used in culinary purposes. 

The medicinal properties/ Garden Remedies are as below,
  • Wound healing and has antiseptic, antimicrobial properties
  • Effective against Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Oral, Skin, Digestive, Urinary diseases
  • Used to treat cold, asthma, headache, constipation, fever.
  • The leaves are mainly used as a folk medicine. Few of the benefits are yet to be medically proven.
We always have a pot planted with Indian borage at our house. We chew a leaf if there are any symptoms of sore throat and it has done wonders. This is seriously an underrated plant when compared to a few other plants grown extensively.

How to Grow

Growing the Indian Borage is an effortless activity as the plant is hardy and resistant.
The easiest way of propagation is through cuttings. In case of time constraint or unavailability of the plant cuttings, a local/Online store-bought plants would do the job as well. Invest in one plant and you can propagate them into thousands of Indian Borage.

How to propagate via cuttings

Take a stem about 6 to 9 inches and remove the bottom-most leaves. Ensure there are at least 2 to 3 nodes because from these nodes the root develops. Place these cuttings in the soil and water thoroughly. The bottom-most leaves are removed to reduce stressing the plant.

Also, do check out the post if you are interested in growing an unlimited supply of mint at your home.

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Where to grow


They can be grown in the pot. They would be happy to get along in the balcony or apartment. If the Indian Borage plant seems to grow leggy make sure to prune the tips. Continuous pruning would make the Indian borage or Mexican mint bushy.

Lighting conditions

Bright to medium sunlight would work. Semi shade areas would be perfect for these plants. As the leaves store in a huge amount of water, it is better to place the plants in partial or semi-shade areas. Direct sunlight would scorch the leaves and cause burns.

Watering Conditions

Water them when the topsoil beings to dry. Thumb rule of watering can be used. I am not sure on who proposed this concept, but this term is extensively used in Gardening, and links can be found in some books.

Rule of Thumb

Check if is the ideal time to water your plants. Dip an index finger into the soil about 1 inch deep and check for the moisture content. If the soil is dry water your plants and if moist you can skip watering and check again. 

You might also be interested in reading "How to grow lemongrass indoors"

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Only a medical expert can diagnose, treat cure disease, or any medical condition. We do not prescribe any form of remedies in our blog.

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