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How to Grow Shami Plant from Cutting

Learn to grow the Shami plant from cuttings and protect your home from Shani's influence!

Shivangi Rai
The word ‘Shami’ literally translates to cleanse or suppress. (Image Courtesy- Freepik)
The word ‘Shami’ literally translates to cleanse or suppress. (Image Courtesy- Freepik)

Shami plant, scientifically known as Prosopis cineraria, holds a significant place in both Ayurveda and Hindu mythology. The word 'Shami' translates to "cleanse" or "suppress," and it is believed that this tree has the power to cleanse individuals of their sins.

In Hindu mythology, it is said that the Pandavas worshipped the Shami plant before the epic battle of Kurukshetra to ensure victory.

This drought-tolerant small tree thrives in hot and arid climates, reaching a height of 3-5 feet, with each leaf having 7-14 leaflets. In Vastu Shastra, the Shami plant is considered auspicious, especially for those influenced by the planet Shani (Saturn).

It is recommended to plant the Shami tree in the west direction, as planting it in the wrong direction is believed to bring misfortune.

Shami Plant: How to Grow from Cuttings

To propagate the Shami plant, you can easily grow it from cuttings by following these steps:

  1. Find a healthy Shami plant and cut stems at a 45° angle, taking at least three to four cuttings at a time.

  2. Remove leaves from the sides of the stems, leaving the top leaflets intact.

  1. Dip the cuttings in a rooting hormone (natural or synthetic) to speed up the rooting process.

  2. Prepare a potting mix by combining equal parts of sand, compost, and loamy soil. Place a dish or pebbles at the pot's bottom to facilitate drainage.

  3. Create holes in the potting mix with your fingers or a pointed object, dip the cuttings in the rooting hormone, and plant them in the pot. Water thoroughly.

Shami Plant: How to Care

- The Shami plant requires plenty of indirect sunlight during germination, so provide filtered sunlight or shade.

- Maintain a minimum temperature of 9-20°C during germination and protect the plant from intense sun in hot summers.

- Water the plant sparingly once mature, but keep the soil moist during germination.

- Prune the plant to enhance growth, removing dry leaves and flowers as needed.

Shami Tree: Benefits

The Shami tree is believed to have various benefits:

  • It can remove negative energy from the home and promote the well-being of family members.

  • Daily worship of the Shami tree can reduce the ill effects of the planet Shani.

  • Planting it in the northeast direction outside the house is thought to bring prosperity.

  • Studies suggest that the bark of the Shami tree may help alleviate symptoms of cough, asthma, bronchitis, and muscle tremors.

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