Vitex Agnus-Castus

Vitex Agnus-Castus Seeds (Chaste Tree, Chasteberry Seeds)

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Know for its beneficial affect on the female hormonal system.

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Vitex Agnus-Castus is also know as Chaste Tree or Chasteberry and is native from the Mediterranean region. For thousands of years, it has been used for its beneficial affect on the female hormonal system. Indeed, the seeds are being used for menstrual cycle irregularities, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a more severe form of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and symptoms of menopause. The leaves, flowers, and berries can be used as a decoction, traditional tincture, syrup or simply eaten straight off the plant as a medicinal food. It grows in warm temperate and subtropical regions. The Chaste Tree needs full sun or partial shade along with well-drained soil.
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Common name Chaste Tree, Chasteberry
Family Lamiaceae
Genus Vitex
Species Vitex agnus-castus
Cultivar No
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.
Germination 1
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.
2
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Watch for germination in approximately two weeks.
Scarification / Stratification No

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