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Steve Flanagan
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Is anyone growing Gotu Kola outside? if so, how? Where? and what growing zone are you in?
 
Travis Dodson
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It comes up as an abundant welcome weed in my garden here on the Big Island in zone 11. Grows well from division.
 
Saybian Morgan
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We have it all the way up here in bc canada, but its no speed racer of a weed. But it does grow and we do have enough for medicine so long as we weed on behalf of the beneficial weeds
 
Jordan Lowery
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i grow it here in zone 7
 
Steve Flanagan
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To Jordan and Saybian, does it grow as a perennial where you live? I really want to grow some, I love the flavor and its medicinal benefits.
 
Saybian Morgan
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yes, it stays long into the winter
 
Steve Flanagan
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Awesome. I couple more questions. Do you personally grow it in the sun or shade? Also, what usda zone are you in, Saybian?
 
Jordan Lowery
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i started mine in a pot, when it filled that pot i divided it up into a dozen. planted one back in the pot and planted the rest all over. we have dry summers so it does best in the semi shade in summer and sun in the winter with the lower sun angle.
 
Saybian Morgan
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The maps I've found say I live in zone 8 in canada, but to me that's a dam lie as I live at the base of a mountain where it rains where it's dry and sunny 10 mins away. I'm in the vancouver bc elevation. It seems to look best right around this time of year and dries back in full sun when it get's hot, it's one of the first plants I see in the winter and through spring but it doesn't qualify to me as a ground cover speeds. I put it in a rockwall along the driveway so it's probably why it does best in the early spring and winter and get's too hot all summer. We have yellow archangel also known as yellow lamium which out competes it hands down and is a great rabbit forages, so around here the kola is more of a medicinal planting protected by us than a true ground cover.
 
Saybian Morgan
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Bad news I have to print a retraction about the goto kola, i double checked with my wife and the internet.
I'm sorry after all that exuberance on the subject but I was mistaken, the plant I talked to vigarously about is Glechoma hederacea, not Centella asiatica
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Xisca Nicolas
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Jordan, how do you keep it, as it is not supposed to stand frost?

I have it in zone 11 too as Travis. Part shade and a lot of water.
 
Jordan Lowery
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It's planted in a rock garden area.
 
Xisca Nicolas
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What is the lowest temperature there?
 
Sharon Cline
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Yes, I grow it in zone 5b. It is an annual for me since it is a tropical plant, but is fast growing. It grows close to the ground and sprawls outward, so it is a lovely ground cover. I makes a delightful tea. Powerful medicine!
 
Hans Harker
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Sharon Cline wrote:Yes, I grow it in zone 5b. It is an annual for me since it is a tropical plant, but is fast growing. It grows close to the ground and sprawls outward, so it is a lovely ground cover. I makes a delightful tea. Powerful medicine!


Welcome to Permies, Sharon.
Do you grow it from the seed?
 
Sharon Cline
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Voy Grabiec wrote:
Sharon Cline wrote:Yes, I grow it in zone 5b. It is an annual for me since it is a tropical plant, but is fast growing. It grows close to the ground and sprawls outward, so it is a lovely ground cover. I makes a delightful tea. Powerful medicine!


Welcome to Permies, Sharon.
Do you grow it from the seed?


Thanks, Voy, this is an awesome site! Yes. I start Gotu Kola in early Spring under fluorescent lights.--I have a shed that is insulated and the lights keep it warm--I don't have a greenhouse, yet--i get the seeds from Horizon Herbs.
 
Xisca Nicolas
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You could not make your own seeds from your plants in 1 season?
Or is it just for practical reasons you keep buying the seeds?
 
Sharon Cline
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Xisca Nicolas wrote:You could not make your own seeds from your plants in 1 season?
Or is it just for practical reasons you keep buying the seeds?

I have not been able to grow it long enough to get seed. I should try to keep it growing during the winter in my grow room & try--I do save seeds. My room is not that large, I bring a lot of my herbs indoors for the winter. I really need a greenhouse!
 
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