Amla(Indian Gooseberry)


Amla(Indian Gooseberry)

Amla is the greatest boon to the humanity and one of the effective traditional herbal medicines, which had been used totreat and manage diseases since the ancient times. Hardly any people are unaware about its importance and significance as it is associated with multiple health and medicinal benefits. Indian Gooseberry is the reservoir of minerals, vitamins and other bio-chemical substances. To some extent, it is bitter in taste but the ayurvedic marvel can be used in many forms such as eaten raw, juice, chutneys, pickles, Murabbas, and used with other recipes using its powder.

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Description for Amla(Indian Gooseberry)

Plant Height: 19 – 29 inches

Plant spread: 4 – 8 inches

Amla(Indian Gooseberry) is a deciduous tree, which is known for its edible fruit of the same name. The tree has a crooked trunk and spreading branches. The leaves of Amla are simple, nearly stalk less and closely set along thin branch lets. Amla is rich in Vitamin C due to this it is very helpful to treat Scurvy.

The leaves are often mistaken for leaflets of pinnate leaves. Flowers of Amali are small, greenish-yellow or pinkish. The fruit is nearly, light greenish yellow, quite smooth and hard on appearance, with 6 vertical furrows.

Common name(s): Indian Gooseberry, Amalaki, amalaka, amali, Anola, Amlika, Emblic.

Flower Colors: Greenish-yellow or pinkish

Bloom time: Late Winter/Early Spring

Max Height: 10 to 26 feet

Difficulty to grow: Can grow easily

How to Grow Amla(Indian Gooseberry)

 How to grow from seed:

  • After harvesting the fruits of Indian Gooseberry, dry it in the sunlight. When the fruit gets dry, remove the peel. After removing the peel, there is a hexagonal rigid armor inside it, removing the armor small seeds are released.
  • Take this seed by taking water in a bowl and pouring this seed. Leave the seed in water for 12 hours. Remove the seed and immediately prepare to sow it.
  • To prepare the soil, take the potting mix and half quantity of manure and mix them. Fill this mixture in the sowing pot. In each pot, place the seeds of Indian gooseberry in a depth of 1/4 inches. Add water to the mixture of soil until it becomes completely moderately moist.
  • Keep watching the mixture of soil and if the mixture looks dry, then immediately pour water. Avoid drying the soil, but Do not get soggy.
  • Place the container inside a large window or keep it in a lightly shaded cold place. put the pot on the propagation mat.
    Watch the seedling for 3 weeks. After the germination of seed remove from propagation mat.
  • Let Indian gooseberry grow seedlings in a partial shade in the beginning summer. Give at least 2 inches of water each week. Then slowly put them in the direct sun, when the arrival of autumn then transplant it into the ground or container.

    Amla Benefits

  •  Amla Juice for Hair-Prevents hair fall and provide black shiny hairs.
  • Very useful for glowing skin and skin disease.
  • Useful to loose weight.
  • Improve vision
  • Prevents cough and cold
  • Cure mouth ulcer.
  • Control diabetes
  • Amla or Amalaki for healthy heart
  • Amla improves digestive system
  • Amla(Indian Gooseberry) to relives asthma.
  • Gooseberry is used in Candy, Sauces, dried chips, Pickle, Jellies.
  • Used in many Ayurvedic medicines.Know more Health Benefits of Amla

Planting and care

Amla is a subtropical plant. It prefers dry subtropical climate. Even mild frost during the winter season can harm the tree. Though, it can tolerate temperature up to 46C during summer but the temperature should not be high at the time of flowering.

Sunlight: Emblic needed full sunlight

Soil: Amla require Calcareous well drained and light textured soils.

Water: For young plants, water should be provided every 10-15 days.

Temperature: Can tolerate temperature from freezing to 46 degrees C.

Fertilizer: Organic manures are preferred. The crop does not need any specific requirement for Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorous. However nitrogenous fertilizers applied in appropriate quantities results better growth and higher herb yield.


Caring for Amla

  • Drip irrigation yield better results.
  • In summer, the plants ought to mulched with paddy or wheat straws.

Harvesting Time

Summer Season


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