Monday, 21 February 2011

Gotu kola

I have tried to grow Gotu Kola before, but it doesn't like the very hot dry summer weather that we usually have during most of the summer.  This year it has thrived.  The leaves are beautiful, and they supposedly have health benefits as well.
This year,  the plant has spread and has been flowering in recent weeks.  It seems to produce extra plants via runners, much like mint or strawberries.  The flowers are tiny, leaning over close to the ground.... 
.... and I wonder how fertilisation might occur in order to maintain genetic variability.  It has grown very well this year.  I'll maintain it through the winter and mulch it well next summer.  I'll also make a couple of pot plants,  to grow in the verandah for the future...  just to be on the safe side.

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