It Cures Insomnia & Anxiety … And Even Can Be Grown Indoors by: Robin Marri Miller for Off The Grid News
Passion flower was discovered in 1569 in Peru by Spanish explorers, who prepared teas from the leaves of the plant and soon realized its relaxing and sedative properties. The word spread of this incredible plant, and it soon became popular throughout the world.
Today, passion flower is grown and harvested in most countries for its medicinal remedies. It is useful for treating sleeping problems, nervousness and anxiety, as well as for relieving symptoms of menopause.
How To Grow Passion Flower Indoors
There are several varieties of passion flower, but we recommend Passiflora incarnata, which is a hearty climber with large, purple flowers.
- Obtain fresh passion flower seeds and scuff them lightly on one side with sandpaper. Doing this will aid in their germination.
- Place the seeds in a container and cover with warm water.
- Place the container on a heat source, such as a heating pad. You want to ensure that the water maintains a lukewarm temperature.
- Let the seeds soak for about two days.
- Several of the seeds will begin to float. These seeds are no good, and you can remove and discard them.
- Remove the good seeds and place them on a surface where they can air dry.
- Passion flower grows well in a poor, but moist soil, so many cultivators use loam, which is a mixture of sand, silt and clay. Learn how to create loamy soil here. If you can’t use loamy soil, any soil will do; just make sure that it is consistently moist and irrigated.
- Start with several six-inch pots. Fill the pots with your soil, leaving one inch of space at the top.
- Place three seeds in the center of the pot, leaving one-fourth of an inch of space, separating each seed from the others.
- Press the seeds one-half an inch into the soil, but don’t cover them.
- Cover the pots with plastic wrap or a see-through bag and place them back onto the heating pad – at a low temperature.
- The seeds could take anywhere from two weeks to two months to sprout. Have patience!
- Keep the soil moist throughout this process.
- After the seeds sprout, you can remove the pots from the heating pad. Now, place them in a window with full sunlight.
- In the summer, irrigate the soil as needed, keeping it moist.
- In the winter, allow the top of the soil to dry between waterings slightly.
- Transplant the plants to larger pots as needed.
How to Care for Indoor Passion Flower
Passion flower is a rambunctious climber, and its tendrils will wrap around anything that they touch. Therefore, you want to provide an indoor tressel or climbing source.