Indian Lycium is a semi deciduous shrub, 2-4 m high, leaves lanceolate or narrowly obovate-oblong, entire or with a few large spinous teeth, arranged alternately on stem. Inflorescence a raceme, flowers yellow born in axillary clusters longer than the leaves. Fruit: blue - black berries. Flowering: March-June
Has some medicinal uses: roots are used as remedy for swollen and sore eyes, broken bones, wounds, gonorrhea, curative piles, unhealthy ulcers, acute conjunctive and in chronic opthalmia, also used as bitter tonic astringent, diaphoretic and febrifuge. Leaves are given in jaundice.
Prefers a warm moist loamy soil and light shade but it is by no means fastidious, succeeding in thin, dry and shallow soils.
Grows well in heavy clay soils. A fairly hardy plant but it suffers some damage in severe winters.
Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus. Plants can be pruned back quite severely, they resprout well from the base.
Genus - Berberis
Species - Lycium
Common name - Indian Lycium
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 9
Height - 2 - 4 m
Plant type - Medium Shrub
Vegetation type - Ornamental deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Sand
Water requirements - Average water needs. Water regularly, do not over water
Landscape uses - Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border
Bloom season - May - June
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Yellow, Yellow Green
For faster germination, soak the seeds in slightly hot water for 24-48 hours, followed by 90 days cold stratification before sowing in sterile gardening soil.
This will break their dormancy. It creates a cold and moist environment for the seeds. Mixed in seeds with slightly moistened vermiculite or peat, only damp in a ziplock bag. Close zip bag shut and store it in the salad crisper compartment of your refrigerator. If any seeds begin to sprout during the cold stratification, simply remove the seed and plant.
Keep damp soil, not soaking wet. Keep pot in warm place at +20-+24C.
Germination can take 2-3 months. It can be more depending on their degree of unbroken dormancy, don't give up.
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