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Andrographis from seed?

 
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Have any of you were able to grow andrographis paniculata from seed? I want to grow it as it is a great herb from infections and as cold/flu preventative and healer. And now that I read it helps to prevent migraines, I have to grow it. However I read starting from seed can be tricky. What is your experience? I didn't see any plants for sale, only the seeds.
 
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It's been a few years...I remember germination was good and the plants did well for a season in pots.  It's an annual so I tried to let it go to seed...it had really amazing tiny flowers.  Anyway, I didn't get any mature seed, but a friend that I gave some plants to did.  I just ran across them and thought about planting again but it's two? years old now  

I bought seeds for  both andrographis and astragalus from Richter's.....I have had very good success with their herb seeds.
The astragalus germinated well also and I had plants that survived the winter for three years but I see this spring it's not coming back.

I do remember scarifying the seed with sandpaper, keeping the flat moist and warm, and also found that the leftover seed in the packet wasn't viable two years later.
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Thank you, Judith, that is a very useful information. So their seed has to be very fresh, maybe that's why many people have trouble germinating them. Good supplier is the key.
 
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