How to grow a Shami plant from cuttings.


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Learn how to grow Shami plants from cuttings and protect your home from the effects of Shani!

The literal translation of the word 'Shami' is to cleanse or suppress.  (Photo courtesy of Freepik)
The literal translation of the word ‘Shami’ is to cleanse or suppress. (Photo courtesy of Freepik)

The Syrian plant, scientifically known as Prosopis cinerea, holds an important place in both Ayurveda and Hindu mythology. The word ‘Shami’ translates to “purify” or “subdue” and the tree is believed to have the power to cleanse people of their sins.

In Hindu mythology, it is said that the Pandavas worshiped the Syrian plant before the epic battle of Kurukshetra to ensure victory.

This drought-tolerant small tree thrives in hot and dry climates, reaching a height of 3-5 feet, with 7-14 leaflets per leaf. In Vastu Shastra, the Shami plant is considered especially good for those affected by the planet Shani (Saturn).

It is recommended to plant the shami tree in the west direction, as planting it in the wrong direction brings bad luck.

Syrian Plant: How to Grow from Cuttings

To grow a Shami plant, you can easily grow it from cuttings by following these steps.

  1. Find a healthy Syrian plant and cut the stems at a 45° angle, taking at least three to four cuttings at a time.

  2. Remove the leaves from the sides of the stems, keeping the top leaves intact.

  1. Speed ​​up the rooting process by dipping the cuttings in a rooting hormone (natural or synthetic).

  2. Prepare a potting mix by mixing equal parts of sand, compost, and loam. Place pots or pebbles in the bottom of the pot to facilitate drainage.

  3. Poke holes in the potting mix with your fingers or a pointed object, dip the cuttings in the rooting hormone and plant them in the pot. Water well.

Syrian Plant: How to Care

Shami plants need plenty of indirect sunlight during germination, so provide filtered sunlight or shade.

– Maintain a minimum temperature of 9-20°C during germination and protect the plant from strong sunlight in hot summers.

– Water the plant sparingly after ripening, but keep the soil moist during germination.

– Prune the plant to promote growth, removing dead leaves and flowers as needed.

Shami Tree: Benefits

Shami tree is believed to have several benefits:

  • It can remove negative energy from the house and promote the well-being of family members.

  • Daily worship of shami tree can reduce the harmful effects of planet Shani.

  • Placing it outside the house in the north-east direction brings prosperity.

  • Studies have shown that the bark of the shami tree is helpful in relieving symptoms of cough, asthma, bronchitis and muscle spasms.

First Published: 04 Oct 2023, 17:10 IST

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