How Do I Grow Chinese Herbs?

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Chinese herbs such as Xin Lian can help with different health problems and can spice up foods. Grow oriental herbs easily with help from a registered herbalist in this free video.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Bob Linde, I'm an herbalist and an herb grower. Today, I'm going to talk to you about how to grow Chinese herbs. Of course, it's very difficult to wrap it up into one easy concept. Since there is over 10,000 Chinese herbs that we may use. So, what you're going to select will depend on your particular are and what you're growing zone is. And you maybe able to best ascertain that, based on consulting with your local agricultural extension. For me, one that I often times like to grow though, is one known as Andrographis. The Chinese name is Chuan Xin Lian. This is a wonderful anti-viral, anti-bacterial herb and it seems to have a variety of other anti-inflammatory effects. As more and more research is been done on this annual herb. It's really just a weed, with some beautiful tiny, tiny, little flowers on it. So, with this particular herb, really all you need is ideally full sun, to even part sun, well drained, rich soil. And you just follow the planting directions. And there's number of different places where you can find these source for these herbs. You can actually contact your local Chinese herbalist or you maybe able to find a good source of Chinese herbs, on-line. So, if you're looking for other herbs that you may want to grow, that are in the Chinese pharmacy. You're really going to want to look at what the similar growing conditions are, compared to those regions of China. And sometimes, it's just a lot of experimentation. To find out what's going to grow best in your garden, and how to prepare it. This is Bob Linde, talking to you about how to grow Chinese herbs in your garden.


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