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About Mehndi

Mehndi is a perennial shrub in Lythraceae family.It is glabrous and multi branched, with spine tipped branchlets. The leaves grow opposite each other on the stem. Leaves are glabrous, elliptical and lanceolate.

Mehndi flowers have four sepals and petals are ovate, with white or red stamens found in pairs on the rim of the calyx tube.

Plant Specifications

Plant Height14 inch (36 cm)
Plant Spread 4 inch (10 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Mehndi, Mehandi, Myrtus communis, heena
Maximum Reachable Height 4.00 to 6.00 feet
Flower Colour White with yellow-tipped stamens
Bloom Time May to July
Difficulty Level easy to grow

Planting and care

  • The minimum temperature needed for a henna plant to grow and nourish well is 22ºC.
  • It is recommended to keep a well-drained soil for the proper growth of the henna plant.
  • Trimming the plant will help you to keep your henna plant bushy.
  • It is important to keep your henna plant free from the attack of pests.
  • Applying fertilizers will help you to get a good leaf supply.

    Mehndi care

  • Keep the plant in natural indirect bright Light.
  • Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
  • Water when top soil (1-2inches) feels dry to touch.
  • Do not re-pot for min. 2 weeks after receiving it.
  • Sunlight
  • More than 6 hours of direct bright sunlight a day.
  • Watering
  • Before water poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
  • Water when top soil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch.
  • Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.
  • Soil
  • The soil should be well drained and fertile, rich in organic content for growing plant.
  • Grow well in pH range of 6.5 to 7
  • Temperature 12-15F
    Fertilizer
  • During the main growing season (June-July) feed the plant with organic fertilizer.
  • Mehndi special feature

    It is best natural coloring agent.

    Mehndi uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for ornamental purpose mainly as fence or hedge plant

    Medicinal Use:

    • Mehndi bark and root are used for the treatment of liver enlargement and jaundice
    • Mehndi leaves are soaked in water and drunken to cure cracking of nails and adds nutrition to the body
    • It used for the treatment of some fungal infection, i
    • , athlete’s foot
    • It used as a useful agent for leucodermia
    • Note- Please consults your health advisor before application or consuming of plants or plant parts

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where does henna plant grow?

    You can grow henna outdoor or indoor where at least 6 hours of natural direct bright light is available.

    How to grow henna plant from seeds?

    1. Select a container having a 5-7 inch diameter. 2. Fill the container with well-drained soil. 3. Moisten the surface of the soil with water spray. 4. Sprinkle the seeds evenly on soil and cover with a thin soil layer. 5. Cover the seed container with a transparent plastic paper. 6. Place the seed container in indirect bright light. 7. Remove plastic wrapping once seeds start to germinate. 8. Keep the soil moist but do not make the soil soggy by overwatering.

    How to grow henna plant at home?

    To grow henna plant at home consider the following points. 1. Sunlight- At least 6 hours of natural direct bright sunlight is required. 2. Soil- Soil should be well drained, fertile and nutrient rich with neutral pH. 3. Water- Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch. 4. Fertilizer - Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month(june-july). Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.

    Is henna a flowering plant?

    Yes, henna is a flowering plant belongs to the Lythraceae family.

    What does henna plant look like?

    Tropical shrub or small tree, The plant bears small opposite leaves and small, fragrant, white to red flowers.

    How to grow henna plant in pot?

    Find Right Size Pot (7 inches), place a small amount of soil in the bottom of the new container. do not disturb the root ball of the plant, keep as it is in the pot. Carefully set the plant in the new container. If the bottom of the plant is not level with the rim of the pot, remove it and add a little more soil and give it one drenching watering, then put it in your sunniest window where it will get at least 6 hours of natural direct bright sunlight. Water- Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch. Fertilizer - Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month(june-july). Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.

    Henna plant growing conditions?

    Plant it outdoors Even though you may grow the henna plant indoors with the assurance of at least 6 hrs of direct sunlight, it is always preferred to grow it outdoors. This is because henna plants grow better in hot climates. The minimum temperature needed for a henna plant to grow and nourish well is 22ºC. It prefers well-drained, fertile and nutrient-rich with neutral pH. Maintain the moisture in the soil by applying water if the soil in the pot (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch.

    Can we grow henna plant in pot?

    Yes, you can grow the henna plant in a pot (Min 7-10 inches).

    What is henna plant in marathi?

    In Marathi, the henna plant is known as Mehandi

    What part of the henna plant is used?

    Henna plants leaves are used

    Is henna a medicinal plant?

    Yes, henna is a medicinal plant

    Henna plant is a herb or shrub?

    Henna is a shrub.

    How to grow henna plant from cuttings?

    Cut the stem at the node and insert it to a few centimeters down into the ground or into the pot (7 inches). Remember to keep some leaves above the surface. It is recommended to keep a well-drained soil for the proper growth of the henna plant. keep a well-drained soil for the proper growth of the henna plant. Allowing the soil to get dried in between each watering

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