Patchouli is well-known for its magickal properties and has long been used for both medicinal and spiritual purposes. Most commonly, when you think of patchouli, you think of the pungent oil and incenses made from the leaves of this plant. Patchouli is associated with love, wealth, and passion. It is often used in spells for attraction, not just of love but of money and prosperity as well. Physically, it is known to benefit as an antiseptic, antidepressant, fungicide, and decongestant. The heady essential oils are further said to aid in relief from acne, chapped skin, dermatitis, and athlete's foot. This plant is a must for any witch's garden.
Cultivation: This plant prefers full to part shade, moist and rich soils, and humidity. It thrives under good care but fades fast with neglect; it requires watering almost daily, has zero tolerance for frost, and will sunburn if not protected by shade. The seeds are small and are best sown in warm soil in the light.
A favored method for planting seeds of this sort is to prepare a pot or flat with nice humusy potting soil, filling to the lip and leaving the surface rough, not smooth and patted down. Then, sprinkle the seed over the surface of the soil and tamp firmly. This allows the seed to fall between the roughened particles of soil, and then when you tamp it down with the palm of your hand, the seed is nestled into place on the surface or barely sub-surface. Later, mist with water very carefully so as not to dislodge the seeds, and keep in the light, ever moist, and warm until germination, which takes between two and three weeks. Allow the seedlings to grow closely together at first, and when they attain their second set of true leaves, then individuate them carefully and pot up individually to 4-inch pots. Grow them out that way for a while until they fill the pot with roots, and at that point, transplant up to gallons. Soon after that, you can make a harvest of the leaves to produce a patchouli sachet, or you can extract your own essential oil if you have a distiller.
Packet of 100 organic True Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) seeds.