Amla (Emblica officinalis) Viable Seeds
These are the seeds of the Amla Tree (Phyllanthus emblica/Emblica officinalis) the world�s greatest natural source of Vitamin C.
Common names: Amla, Amala, Indian gooseberry, Amritphala (the fruit of heaven, nectar of heaven), and Amalaki.
According to Indian folk-belief, chewing on the dried fruit for a while and then taking a sip of water brings a subjective feeling of natural calm.
Amla fruit is found wild all over the sub-Himalayan forests. It is a dietary source of vitamin C and minerals and is referred to in ancient texts as the best herb to promote healthy aging.* Ayurveda's most well-regarded fruit is also one of its most popular; the fruit paste is a major ingredient of Chavyanprash, a widely used Ayurvedic tonic with the texture of a thick marmalade, and the fruit powder is used topically in washes for the hair and finds extensive use in hair oils. The seeds are also thought to benefit one�s hair.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to cure, treat, diagnose, or prevent any disease.
AMLA GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS
Amla (Phyllanthus emblica) is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 and 11. For the rest of the country Amla should be grown indoors.
Start by dropping the amla seeds into a container of water. Any seeds that don�t sink will not grow. Remove those and let the remaining seeds soak for 12 hours.
Fill seed planters with a potting soil containing equal portions of sand, compost, and garden loam. Plant one amla seed in each section. Moisten the potting soil, and cover the pots with plastic wrap. Remove the plastic wrap as needed to moisten the soil, ensuring it always stays damp. The seeds should germinate in two weeks to one month. Continue to grow the seedlings in pots for eight to ten months when they reach 10 to 12 inches in height.
Transplant the seedlings in well-drained loam and place them in full sun exposure. Amla does best in deep, rich soil. Plant the seedlings at the same soil depth in the new pot that they were in their seedling planters. Water the planting sites.
As the Amla plants mature snip back the tips of your saplings, ensuring they will branch out. Remove all weak growth allowing only a few of the strongest branches, evenly spaced around the trunk, to remain.
Give each tree about 5 ounces of granular, fruit tree fertilizer twice during the first year, scratching the fertilizer into the soil around each tree's trunk and watering afterward. Double the amount of fertilizer the second year, and gradually increase it so each tree receives about 3 pounds of the fertilizer per application when it is 10 years old. After the trees begin to produce fruits, schedule the feedings so that one feeding occurs just after the blossoms fall and the other feeding occurs four months afterward.
Water the trees at least once every two weeks during summer. Expect the trees to flower during summer and to produce fruits during winter to early spring.
Pick the fruits after they turn from green to greenish yellow or greenish white, but check the seeds inside one berry before picking all of the berries. Seeds that turned from white to black indicate the fruit is ripe.
Amla fruits keep well on the tree, but they do not keep as well after they are picked. Use or preserve them as soon as possible after you harvest them.