How to Care for Bacopa Monnieri

Overview

People in India use the entire Bacopa monnieri plant, mostly as a medicinal herb for improving mental function. It is a creeping herb that grows about 1 to 4 feet wide with small flowers that bloom all year round. Bacopa monnieri can only grow in areas where the temperature does not drop below freezing. Knowing how to create the right environment for the plant will give you a useful filler plant, ground cover and herb.

Step 1

Plant the Bacopa monnieri in full to partial sun and clay or sandy soil. The plant will do best along the coast of streams, ponds or other water sources where it has constant access to moisture. It can withstand waterlogged soil, brackish water and salt spray. Plant multiple Bacopa monnieri at least 6 inches apart.

Step 2

Water the plant regularly, keeping it moist, especially before it takes root. This plant does not tolerate drought and needs consistent moisture. This is where planting near a water source comes in handy.

Step 3

Fertilize the Bacopa monnieri once a month during the growing season with a slow-release organic fertilizer at half strength. If you notice the leaves yellowing or whitening, your plant has an iron deficiency. In this case, apply iron chelate in liquid or granular form to the plant. Follow the directions on the packages for application and safety instructions.

Step 4

Trim the plant whenever you wish to keep it in check. Otherwise it will grow large and possibly take over other plants. When clipping, use pruning clippers and cut the plant at leaf node, where the leaf attaches to the stem.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Organic fertilizer
  • Iron chelate (optional)
  • Pruning clippers

References

  • University of Hawaii: Native Plants -- Bacopa monnieri
  • Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants: Bacopa monnieri

Who Can Help

  • National Center for Biotechnology Information: Chronic Effects of Brahmi on Human Memory
  • Purdue University: Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
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