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Gulvel bears many names in several languages. Some of which are Indian Tinospora, Heart-Leaved moonseed, Heart-leaved Tinospora, Tinospora gulancha, Giloy, Gurach, Gulvel, Ambarvel, Amrita, amritavalli, Guduchi, Batindu, Gilogularich and Gurjo. The plant is widely grown because of its attractive heart-shaped leaves which make it an ideal houseplant.
The Giloy is commonly named as Indian tinospora and it belongs to the Menispermaceae family.
The plant is a native of India. The plant is also found in the rainforests of the Far East.
It is well known for its alluring foliages and is widely grown as an ornamental plant.
The Giloy is fairly easy to grow and maintain. The plant can grow to a height of several meters approximately a height of 0.5 to 3 feet.
The fast growing vine has a blooming period during summer. It produces small yellow or white flowers in clusters.
The plant grows well in a temperature range of 25 to 35 degrees Celsius.
The Giloy can grow well in fertile soil that a has high content of organic matter.
The plantation should be done in the soil having good drainage abilities in order to prevent root rot.
Good amount of organic fertilisers should be added to the garden before the plantation of Giloy.
Best results are seen in the exposure of the full sun. The plant has a great affinity towards heat and sunlight.
However, the plant also grows well when placed in a location that receives partial shade.
The Giloy has moderate water requirements. The soil should be kept moist.
The plant does not require frequent watering.
The plant is fast growing and easy to propagate by the method of sowing seeds. The ideal method of propagation is by sowing seedlings right after germination in a region having fertile and well drained soil.
The seeds must be soaked in water a day before plantation.
The soil should be kept moist till the seeds germinate.
The plant should be fertilised regularly as they are heavy feeders.
Any organic fertiliser can be supplied to the Giloy plant.
Adding additional compost helps to grow nutritious leafy vegetables in a small duration of time.
The leaves and stems of the plant are edible and a rich source of nutrients.
The plant is widely grown for its ornamental uses.