Abelmoschus moschatus - Plant

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Okra,Abelmosk,Ambrette seeds,Annual hibiscus,Bamia Moschata,Galu Gasturi
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Abelmoschus moschatus is a PERENNIAL growing to 2 m (6ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a fast rate.It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to September, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October.
The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Common name: Okra,Abelmosk,Ambrette seeds,Annual hibiscus,Bamia Moschata,Galu Gasturi
Color: pink, orange-red and red often with white centers.
Bloom time: June to frost
Height: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Easily grown in moist, moderately fertile, well-drained soils in full sun. Best flowering is in full sun. Thrives in hot summer climates. Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date or purchase nursery plants. When grown from seed, flowers usually don’t appear until approximately 3 months after sowing.
Set out plants after last frost date. Seed may be harvested from garden plants for planting the following year.

Sunlight: Full sun

Soil: well-drained soils in full sun

Water: Medium

Temprature: 24 - 24°c[238]

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Care:
  • Seed sow April in a greenhouse.
  • The seed germinates best at a temperature around 24 - 24°c.
  • When large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots of rich soil and plant them out after the last expected frosts[K].
  • The seed can also be sown in situ in late April in areas with warm summers.
  • Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July in a frame.


Special Feature:
It is used as a food flavouring and in perfumery as a musk substitute
Use
Medicinal use:
  • An emulsion made from the seed is antispasmodic and is especially effective in the digestive system[4, 238].
  • The seeds are also chewed as a nervine, stomachic and to sweeten the breath.
  • They are also said to be aphrodisiac[4, 238].
  • The seeds are valued medicinally for their diuretic, demulcent and stomachic properties.

Culinary use:
  • leaves


Note:
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor / physian befor use.

Reference:
http://www.pfaf.org http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org
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