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Costus Igneus known as Insulin Plant in India. The plant is known for its medicinal properties. It is said to be helpful to treat Type-2 diabetes. So if you are suffering from diabetes this plant will provide you with natural treatment.

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Buy Insulin Plant (Costus Igneus) + How to Grow and Care for the Plant Info


Watering

Water regularly, about 2 to 3 cups in a day during summers and reduce the number of times in winters.

Soil

Needs well draining soil but can survive in loamy, alkaline or clay type of soil.

Fertilization

General purpose fertilizer or any organic fertilizer should be nourishing enough for the plant.

Lighting

Requires 2 to 3 hrs of sunlight

Flowering

Blooms during the summer season.

Size

Ranges from 2 to 5 feet.

Are you someone who's in the process of creating a medicine based garden and don't know what to add next? Well, we've got just the plant to solve this specific problem:

Here's a plant called Costus Igneus also known as Insulin Plant in India. Going by its name itself, tells us that, this plant definitely possesses some medicinal properties.

Its leaves are helpful to control blood sugar levels. So if you're looking for something more natural that you trust with consuming for your diabetes, buying this plant is the way to go as it will provide you with natural treatment(after consulting your respective doctor).

The binomial name of the plant is Chamaecostus Cuspidatus. The plant is known by varieties of names in different parts of the world. Some call it tabubungiaw while some call it spiral flag.

It is commonly found growing in tropical areas of the world.

The plant belongs to the costaceae family. They have an average height and broad green and glossy leaves.

Types

The costaceae family itself consists of more than 200 species. They are grown in many places of the world especially characterized by warm weather. There are total 150 known species of costus and insulin plant is one of them.

Basic Care

The plant doesn't require any special attention. It can be your indoor plant or outdoor plant based on your preference of its location. The profit that you could derive would be that you would get free, nature based diabetes treatment.

They are easy to grow and thrive in weather that has 35 to 45 degrees of temperature.

Watering

This plant requires regular watering during hot climates.

Pouring 2 to 3 cups of water for the plant would be enough for the day. However, in colder climates, make sure to reduce the times you water the plant in a day.

Soil

The plant cannot grow well in soil that has high salt levels. Therefore, many recommend that growing this plant in a coastal region will not enable the plant to thrive.

The plant requires well-draining soil to grow. The plant can grow in loamy soils or soils rich in alkaline content.

Compost mix or any organic mix that includes a mss or a peat mix in the soil would be helpful in improving the drainage. The soil needs abundant of moisture and loam.

Avoid water logging the soil as this will rot the plant.

Fertilizers

Any organic fertilizer will be helpful for the growth of the plant. A general purpose fertilizer may also just do the trick!

Seasonal fertilizing is sufficient for the plant.

The general purpose fertilizer could be put for the plant during spring time and if you think the plant needs more fertilization, you may choose to put in some fertilizer in monthly intervals and not more frequently than that.

You could also add on some mulch that is organic in nature. Remember to remove the mulch during fertilization of the plant. The mulch should not touch the stalk of the plant after replacing.

In the course of springtime fertilize the plant through its rhizomes to have a new plant.

Lighting

If you are living in a sunny zone, the plant would love shade and if you reside in mild climate then provide sunlight to it. So, its preference ranges from part shade to full exposure to sunlight.

The plant grows well when regularly exposed to light. A minimum of 3 to 4 hrs of sunlight would be sufficient for better growth of the plant.

Flowering

They bloom during the time of May to June (warm months) into cone like structures towards the edge of the plant's branches. The flowers are usually in bright orange in colour. They appear as an umbrella on the leaves of the plant.

The plant rarely bears any fruit and isn't all that unique in its look.

Size

The average height of the plant varies in accordance to the care it is given. It usually ranges from 2 to 5 feet. The leaves are broad with a length of 4 to 8 inches.

Pests

The plant can be subjected to mealybugs and aphids. These plant sucking parasites can be removed with a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Make sure your plant is not infested with numerous ants. Although they help to fertile the soil, they also loosen the roots.

If your plant is losing it leaves very often then make sure it is not infested with spider mites and if it is, then remove the prune leaves and stem of the plant

Benefits

The leaf of the plant helps in producing insulin. They control the blood sugar levels in your body.

In the Indian subcontinent, it is believed that the daily consumption of 2 or 3 leaves by a diabetic patient can help bring sugar levels under control. The leaves contain corosolic acid which helps to generate insulin thus magically curing your diabetes. However, it is imperative that you consult your physician before consuming any. Apart from being a great benefit to medicine, these plants can also be utilized as good decor items for the household as they have a very fresh look to them, especially due to its glossy leaves. Many places in the countryside also use this plant as a hedge as well.




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