Jiaogulan – Immortality Plant

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Description

Jiaogulan is also known as the “Immortality Plant” or the “Herb of Life” due to its numerous health benefits.

Planting:

You’ll get 5 small sections of rhizomes about 5cm long. These rhizomes need to be potted on immediately after arrival individually into 7 or 9cm pots about 3cm deep. The pots can be placed in a greenhouse or polytunnel and new shoots will appear from March/April onwards. Once the plants have produced sufficient roots to hold the soil together (possibly around mid April/May) they can be planted into their final position, trained up a bamboo wigwam with horizontal strings.

Spacing:

5 plants per wigwam

Growing Jiaogulan

I have grown this plant for many years in Ireland and despite its origin in a remote area of China – it grows extremely well in a greenhouse in the North West and outdoors in the South East of the country.

It’s a climbing plant with very attractive five-lobed leaflets. It easily grows to about 2.5m tall and dies back in winter (herbaceous perennial).

For the first time we have a small amount of root cuttings available.

Origin of Jiaogulan

It was found in a remote area of China where all inhabitants grow healthy into an old age with very few of our common illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. A possible reason may be the daily consumption of this plant. There is also numerous research that supports the health benefits of this amazing plant.

Soil and Site

Jiaogulan can be grown in reasonably fertile soil and even in a large pot. A sunny position is ideal. A good climbing support with bamboo canes and string or twigs will make it grow into a beautiful specimen. Alternatively it can also trail on the ground but this makes it more difficult to manage.

Propagating Jiaogulan

Jiaogulan can easily be propagated from root cuttings very similar to mint propagation. Each section of a rhizome will form roots and will make a new plant.

Using Jiaogulan

The shoot tips are the edible part and can be used raw in salads or as a herbal tea (3 leaves per cup and infuse for 3 minutes)

Approx. no: 5 Rhizomes

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