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Pogostemon cablin – Patchouli (seed)

5.0 (1 review)



Pogostemon cablin and other Pogostemon species are cultivated in India and the Far East for Patchouli, a heavy sandalwood/mint fragrance once used to distinguish fabrics of Indian origin. Popular in Europe in the 1860’s and 100 years later with the hippie movement. It is also believed to have antiseptic and aphrodisiac qualities. A member of the Lamiaceae family native to India and Malaysia.

Care and Cultivation of Pogostemon cablin

Pogostemon cablin seeds are very tiny and need only be sprinkled on the surface of a good seed raising mix. Give them a fine spray of water to settle them in. The Takeaway Tek may also be an easy method, see here. We have also had great success using a heat mat set at 25ºC.

Pogostemon cablin is an upright, bushy perennial to 1 metre high. Likes rich and moist soil in full sun to part shade. Dislikes too less water and too much water. Should be cut down after floweringu and this is a good time to use material for oil extraction or potpourri.

75+ seeds per packet

1 review for Pogostemon cablin – Patchouli (seed)

  1. JAH

    An excellent outcome from these seeds! Up against others I’ve seen these plants grow a lot more compact, which is ideal.
    Transplanted nicely into the garden, grew Very fast nearly ready to be harvested and run through my still for essential oil.

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