Guide on how to grow Lagochilus Inebrians (Intoxicating Mint) also know as Turkish mint which is an almost unkown herb to us with many medicinal properties and it has been used mainly in Persia and Turkey.
Step One, Before you plant the seeds you want to rinse them in the sink. Retrieve a plastic drinking cup, place seeds into the cup and fill with warm water ( Not Hot ). Then Leave them in the water for 2-4 hours. This will give the seeds a bit of time to hydrate and gain there required moisture absorption to help there germination viability.
Step Two, Use only small plastic cups to germinate the seeds in. Once you find the right size cup or flower pot you want to use then moisten the soil by putting it in a jar/container add water and mix well. Once mixed take a hand full of soil and squeeze it till only 1-2 drops of water come off of the soil.
That is a indication the moisture content is perfect for the seeds. I also want to also add just in case you might have some cacti soil i would use 25% cacti soil and 75% dirt to help with drainage. You don’t want to use just soil when germinating unless the air in your house is over 50% humidity because it will dry the seeds out and they die once that happens.
Step Three, Once you have the soil in the cup/container plant the seed right in the middle of the pot. Depending on how many seeds you have i would recommend added 3 seeds per flower pot in the same hole. Unless the seeds have very good viability you would be lucky to get one plant to grow from one pot. Plant the seeds about half an inch from the top of the soil. do not compact the soil over the seed make sure it is loose. Once the seeds are in the dirt mist the top layer of the soil with a misting bottle. Get some plastic wrap and place it over the flower pot to hold in the moisture you can seal it with a rubber band or a string what ever you have that is handy.
The seedlings can start to show signs of life in 5-7 days but may take up to 3 weeks before all the seedlings will come up. Sometimes a few of the seeds do not absorb enough moisture and take a while longer to sprout.
Caring For Your Plant
Once It is over 2 weeks old, You will need to transplant the seedling with out damaging the roots. Do not try to take the soil off the roots this will shock the seedling. When you transplant you want to use about 75% cacti soil in your soil mix. This was the plant will have enough drainage. Do not use a humidity dome. if your plant has problems drooping then adapt it to lower humidity by taking the plastic off for a few hours more a day till there is no need. Once the plant is about 3-5 inches tall it will start to use less and less water. With that said you have to Stop watering them at the same times you have been. I would say anywhere from 6-9 days apart from watering would be good. Just depending on The size on the plant. I do believe once the plants roots get bigger it holds in water because of it natural environment it doesn’t rain that often.
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