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Centella asiatica

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B and T World Seeds' reference number: 35494

The average, annual, minimum temperature zone where Centella asiatica is cold hardy
USDA Zone:8 10° to 20°F   (-12° to -6.5°C)
Type of plant - perennial
Flower or inflorescence: GREENISH, small
Fruit: (mature seeds 2-3 months, then sow in light at 30-35 deg. C., ~ 6 weeks)
Foliage: round (needs high humidity, good light but not direct sun)
Height, in meters: 0.1
Height, in feet: 0.33
Centella asiatica seeds may be subject to seasonal availability
Parts of Centella asiatica are considered toxic.

Synonyms (alternative names) for Centella asiatica:
Hydrocotyle asiatica, 

Common names for Centella asiatica:

(Ayurvedic herb)(Indian elephants graze it !),  (Brain mix, with Bacopa and Sushni),  (eat 2 leaves daily in salad or tea),  (tox:triterpenoid saponins,hyrdrocotyline alk.),  (tox:WHO II),  Bhramhi,  Brahmi,  Brahmi Booty,  Ch'i hsueh tsao,  Chi hsueh tsao,  Daun Kaki Kuda,  Gagan-gagan,  Gotu Kola,  Guta Kola,  Indian Pennywort,  Luei gong gen (thunder god's root),  Mandukaparni,  Pegaga,  Pegaga Tekukur,  Pegagan,  Penggaga,  Swamp Pennywort,  Tiger Grass,  Wassernabelkraut, 

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Germination guide for Centella asiatica

These notes are a general guide, it is recommended to check specialist literature for some of the more unusual seeds in our lists.
Seed Germination Theory and Practice by Professor Norman C. Deno
Some knowledge about growing from seed is necessary to germinate even the easiest seeds. Most seeds require humidity to germinate, even desert plants like Welwitschia mirabilis require that their growing medium remains moist until germination.

Most seeds require oxygen to germinate, if buried too deep in their growing medium, or if the medium is too wet, the seeds may not get the oxygen they require.
Some seeds need to be in the light (surface sown) or in the dark (sown deep enough to receive little or no light) to germinate. A rule of thumb is to cover the seeds their own width deep in the growing medium, but some seeds prefer to be sown much deeper, and some fairly large seeds like to be surface sown (or higher).
Many seeds germinate best at certain temperatures, some will germinate at a comparatively wide range of temperatures, yet others need fluctuating temperatures.
Almost all seeds are waiting in a dormant state for some outside stimulus to break their dormancy, some just need sufficiently high ambiant humidity, others need scarification, vernalization or to be passed through the intestines of an animal.

Centella asiatica seeds will usually germinate in 21 days, if conditions are favourable.
Normally will only germinate with light so surface sow. Sow Centella asiatica seeds on the surface of a slightly acidic, nutrient-rich, free-draining, but moisture retentive seed sowing mix at about 25°C.

Gotu Kola seeds germinate best in direct sunlight, shade or dark conditions will inhibit germination, keep warm and humid.

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