|Common name||Chaste Tree, Chasteberry|
|Therapeutic uses||Vitex agnus-castus is used for its beneficial affect on the female hormonal system. It is also used for acne, nervousness, dementia, joint conditions, colds, upset stomach, spleen disorders, headaches, migraine, eye pain, body inflammation, and swelling.|
Start chaste tree seeds in spring approximately four weeks before the last frost. Soak the seeds in a bowl of water for 24 hours to determine which are viable. Start the seeds that sink to the bottom and discard those that float to the surface.
Prepare a container for each chaste tree you wish to grow. Fill 4-inch greenhouse pots with a mixture of 4 parts seed-starting compost and 1 part perlite. Saturate the mixture with water and let the excess drain off for 10 to 15 minutes before sowing.
Sow two chaste tree seeds in each pot. Press the seeds onto the surface of the moistened compost mixture. Cover them with a 1/4-inch-thick layer of compost. Mist the compost liberally to settle it.
Place the potted chaste tree seeds outdoors in a warm, sheltered area with full sun exposure. Provide light shade at midday to keep the compost from drying out too quickly.
Monitor the moisture level in the compost mixture every day. Water whenever it feels barely moist in the top 1/2 inch. Add water until the mixture feels moderately moist in the top inch.
Warm the pots to 75 F using a germination mat if daytime temperatures stay reliably below 65 F. Turn off the germination mat at night. Cover the pots with a sheet of clear plastic if you are using a germination mat.
Watch for germination in approximately two weeks.
|Scarification / Stratification||No|
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