How to Grow Cat's Claw

Overview

Cat's claw is generally grown in Central and South America, mostly in Peru. It is a tall plant that is actually a vine with a thorn that resembles a cat's claw. It is coveted for its stem bark, which is thought to be medicinal. It is used to boost the immune system, prevent cancer, heal urinary-tract infections and relieve pain caused by arthritis, just to name a few. It is very difficult to grow from seeds but can successfully be grown from cuttings in the proper environment.

Step 1

Get a cutting of an existing cat's claw. Eight inches of the cat's claw's stem will suffice.

Step 2

Select a location to plant your cat's claw. Under tall trees in mostly shade with spots of sunlight peeking through is ideal. You can prune the trees to help provide some light for the cat's claw to thrive. Soil that is generally moist is best so you don't have to water it a lot.

Step 3

Dig a hole and place the cutting--with the cut side down--several inches into the soil. Pat down the soil for a firm foundation with no air pockets. Water it well, if needed. Continue to water if necessary in order to keep the soil moist.

Step 4

Plant multiple cat's claw several feet apart.

Step 5

Keep pruning the trees as necessary in order for the cat's claw to get some sunlight each day.

Things You'll Need

  • Cutting
  • Water

References

  • Purdue University
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Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.