Common plantain and its cultivation

Plant common plantain everyone knows very well, because it is widespread in the wild and has hemostatic properties. To which of us in childhood did our parents not apply a plantain leaf to a wound or a scratch? In the Middle Ages, this plant was an indispensable remedy for healing gastrointestinal diseases and weeping wounds... It is widely used today, both in folk and traditional medicine. I always thought that the plantain sold in pharmacies was simply harvested in ecologically clean places, but it turns out that there are special farms where it is grown.

Common plantain will grow well on any soil, except for heavy clay or waterlogged, but no more than 2-3 years in one place. The soil must be carefully leveled and compacted. Dry plantain seeds are sown into the furrows before winter depth of about 0.5 cm.The distance between the grooves needs to be made 45-60 cm.In the spring, plantain can be planted only after two months stratification... In this case, planting is carried out as early as possible, having previously dug up the soil to a depth of 3-4 cm and rolled it in.

The yield will be higher if you use fertilizers. For digging, you can use humus and mineral fertilizers, when sowing - superphosphate or nitrophosphate, and as it grows - nitrogen fertilizers. In the first year of the plant's life, the leaves are harvested only once, in the second and third - twice. Collection of leaves it is advisable to carry out when their length reaches 12 cm.When the lower part of the inflorescence ripens, collect seeds, they are also used in medicine and are also necessary for future plantings.

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