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Gongura Seeds (Ambadi) - 250g

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Gongura is called Sorrel in English, Ambadi in Maharashtra, Andhra Matha (Andhra Mother) in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Gongura looks a lot like spinach, but tastes very different from spinach. Gongura is easy to grow from seeds and is a low maintenance plant, making it effortless to grow in any kitchen garden. There aren’t too many versatile recipes including gongura, but because of its health benefits, it is widely preferred all over India.

Lights, Water, Action

Got the seeds, now, let'em shoot!

  • Bright Indirect Sunlight

    Light

    Partial sunlight

  • Water Once A Week

    Watering

    Water everyday

  • Indoor

    Where to grow

    Balcony or terrace

  • Average Warmth

    Time Till Harvest

    3-4 weeks

  • Low Maintenance

    Seasonal Information

    All seasons

Did You Know

Growth stages

One step at a time, with a lil water and light.

Sow the seeds in a big pot and water it daily

Sow the seeds 0.5 cm deep in well composted soil

Make sure the plant gets partial sunlight

Space the seeds at 20cm by 15 cm

Create a support system for the leaves and stems

Germination will take place in 6-8 days

Create a support system for the leaves and stems

Harvest in 25-30 days from sowing

Sow, Grow, Reap

Good things take time and care

Take a seedling tray with medium sized cells & drainage holes at the

Sowing

  • Gongura ( ambadi ) seeds can be sown throughout the year, but the best time to sow them is in winter.
  • Gongura seeds can be sown directly in raised beds, or in containers.
  • Choose a container with minimum depth of 5 inches and bigger spread area. Make sure that the container of your choice has uniform drainage holes at the bottom.
  • Fill your container with a medium.
  • Ideal sowing medium to grow gongura seeds is 2 part garden soil & 1 part any organic manure or 1 part garden soil, 1 part coco peat & 1 part Vermicompost.
  • Make shallow holes (1 cm) at a distance of 3 x 3 inches.
  • Sow 2 - 3 seeds per hole.
  • Push the seeds inside the medium with your finger and cover them completely with surrounding soil.
  • Water the sown seed bed immediately by a light shower using a watering can.
  • If you are growing gongura seeds on outdoor raised beds, protect them from heavy rainfall or direct sunlight by making a temporary roof plastic sheet for first few days.
Fill the cells/cups with a moist coco-peat medium

Caring

  • Gongura seeds will germinate within the first 6 days or even earlier.
  • Tiny seedlings will be visible at this point.
  • If more than one seed has germinated per hole, cut off the smaller seedlings & keep only one seedling per hole.
  • Baby gongura plant will be visible in 10 - 15 days.
  • Gongura needs partial sunlight for 3 - 4 hours. It can also tolerate full sun in winters.
  • Water your Gongura container or raised bed every day in the form of a light shower with a watering can. You can use sprinklers for gonguras grown outdoors.
  • Add good quality organic manure in the soil with 2:1 ratio before sowing seeds. Organic fertilizer can be well rotten cow dung manure, farmyard manure, compost or vermicompost.
  • Check for early signs of any insect/fungal/ any other infections. If you notice any such symptoms, spray your plant with appropriate medicines.
  • 25 - 30 days after sowing seeds, your gongura leaves will be ready for harvest. Cut mature leaves using a scissor leaving the fleshy base of the plant for the next harvest. In this way you can harvest Gongura 4-5 times in the intervals of 20-25 days. NOTE: Young leaves of gongura look like spinach. Leaves should be harvested while they are young. If not regularly harvested, Gongura plant can become an erect bushy shrub.
  • To grow gongura microgreens, sow-scatter gongura seeds in a crowded manner in a flat container indoors. You can harvest micro greens in 10- 15 days by uprooting baby plants.
Hold the seeds and sow 2-3 seeds per cell/cup. Since Lavender seeds are small in size, do not sow them deep

Common Problems

Why are my gongura seeds not germinating?
Improper growing conditions like over watering/ under watering, not enough sunlight or sowing in the seeds too deep can all affect the germination process of your gongura/ambadi seeds. Make sure you are following the sowing and growing instructions correctly to ensure successful germination.
Why are my gongura leaves turning yellow?
Too much or too little water can turn the leaves of your gongura plant yellow. Make sure you are watering your plant adequately. Water your Gongura container or raised bed every day in the form of a light shower with a watering can. You can use sprinklers for gonguras grown outdoors.
Why is my gongura plant drooping?
Lack of sunlight often leads to drooping of your plant. Gongura needs partial sunlight for 3 - 4 hours. It can also tolerate full sun in winters.Make sure your plant is getting enough sunlight.

Spill the tea

All the plant gossip, through the grapevine. Pun intended

Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.

Plants with benefits

The high amount of foliate and vitamin B6 in gongura mean that maintain the heart health. Gongura is also a good source of various vitamins and minerals. The health benefits ranging from weight management, bone strength and hair health to treatment of infections and flatulence, kidney health and managing blood pressure.

Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.

What you get

A cup of gongura is equivalent to only 29 calories, with 2.6g protein, 4.2g carbohydrate, 3.9g fibre and a negligible amount of 0.9g fats. Other nutrients gongura contains are vitamin A (106% of Recommended Daily Value), vitamin C (64mg), folate (4% of RDV), calcium (56mg), iron (3.2mg), magnesium (137 mg), manganese (0.5mg), potassium (519 mg), phosphorous (84 mg).

Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.
Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.

Green trivia

1.Gongura belongs to the buckwheat family.

2.Gongura gets its slightly bitter taste from oxalic acid, which can be poisonous if consumed in very large quantities that are atypical to any eating habit.

3.Gongura leaves were used to quench thirst in ancient Rome.

4.Juice squeezed out of gongura leaves was used by the Chinese to reduce freckles on skin, and to get rid of fabric stains.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What medium should I use to grow gongura?

Use a potting medium comprising of 1 part organic manure mixed into 1 part garden soil to grow gongura plant from seeds.

How much sunlight does gongura need?

Gongura plant requires 3 hours of partial sunlight and hence needs to be found a place accordingly.

How often should I water my gongura plant?

Spray gongura plant with a light shower of water everyday, no more, no less.

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