Tinospora crispa, also commonly known as Putarwali, is a unique and popular vine or creeper native to South East Asia. This plant is also known for its therapeutic properties in traditional medicine, as traditionally its aqueous extract was capable of lowering blood sugar and insulin levels. With regular care, Tinospora crispa can reach up to 2-5 ft in size and is a great addition to any garden.
Before planting, it is important to choose the right spot to ensure successful growth. Tinospora crispa thrives in full sun, and some semi-shade to ensure its best performance. It should be planted in rich, well-drained soil, and should receive regular water. The USDA hardiness zone for ideal growth is 9-11 but the plant can also be grown in a container in the colder regions.
In order to keep the plant healthy and growing, it should be provided with organic fertilizer to ensure that the soil is well nourished, and the plant is getting the right type of nutrition it needs to bloom. Also, in order to protect the plant from pests and disease, it is important to keep the soil moist and well-drained. If the soil is left too dry, it can attract different insects like aphids and mealy bugs, which can have an adverse effect on the overall health of the plant.
When growing Tinospora crispa in colder climates, it is important to provide protection, either through a greenhouse or a heated plant cover. The cover should be designed to ensure that the plant is able to maintain a temperature that is high enough for it to continue to thrive.
Tinospora crispa is a unique plant with both ethnomedical and aesthetic appeal. Its traditional medicinal qualities make it a must-have in any garden or landscape, and with proper care, it will a beautiful addition to any outdoor space.