Maghai Paan, Piper betel – plant
The Betel (Piper betel) is the leaf of a vine belonging to the Piperaceae family, which includes pepper and kava. It is valued both as a mild stimulant and for its medicinal properties. Betel leaf is mostly consumed in Asia, and elsewhere in the world by some Asian emigrants, as betel quid or paan, always with tobacco, in an addictive psycho-stimulating and euphoria-inducing formulation with adverse health effects.
The betel plant is an evergreen and perennial creeper, with glossy heart-shaped leaves and white catkin. The betel plant originated from South and South-East Asia.
|Plant Height||12 inch (30 cm)|
|Plant Spread||6 inch (15 cm)|
Piper Betel care
- The betel vine is propagated by terminal stem cuttings or setts about 30 – 45 cm long.
- Setts obtained from the top portions of the vines are easy to root and hence best for planting.
- It prefers slightly acidic, sandy-loamy and lightly damp soil but not waterlogged.
- Use the well-drained potting mix to plant it in a way that water will drain out from it quickly.
- Pick a less windy spot with partial shade for planting.
- Select a piece of rooted cutting of betel with at least three or four leaves.
- Remove the lowest leaf and plant the stem with the growing media in a pot.