Agathi Keerai Seeds (Sesbania grandiflora)

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Quantity: 30+ seeds per packet Name: Agathi keerai (White Flower) Botanical Name: sesbania grandiflora NOTE: For better germination, soak the seeds in 80 degree celcius hot water for 3 minutes and later transfer it to cold water. Keep the seeds soaked for 12 hours and another 12 hours in wet cloth. You would notice seed germination after 24 hours.  

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Seed typeVegetable
Plant NameAgathi Keerai Seeds (Sesbania grandiflora)
Botanical NameSesbania grandiflora
Sowing SeasonsNovember – December and January – February
Spacing45 cm between plants in the row

Agathi Keerai (in Tamil Nadu) in different Indian languages:

Agathi Keerai in English – Vegetable Humming Bird Tree Leaves
Telugu: Agise
Hindi: Agasti
Kannada – Agastya
Malayalam -Agathi

Germination Tips: Agathi seeds have hard skin, so below steps needs to be performed for better germination.

  1. Boil water to 100 degree celcious in a container
  2. Allow it to cool down to 80 degree celcious
  3. Soak the seeds in the hot water for 2 to 3 minutes
  4. Replace the hot water with cold water and leave it for 12 hours
  5. Drain the water and leave the soaked seeds in a wet cloth in a dark place for another 12 hours.
  6. End of 24 hours, you would see the germination. Now directly sow it in the pot or location.

Agathi keerai in Tamil, scientific name is “sesbania grandiflora” and in English the spinach variety is called as “august tree leaves or humming bird tree leaves”. There are two varieties of agathi leaves. One variety has white flower and the other one has red flower called as red august tree leaves. The common variety is white flower august tree leaves.

Taste of agathi leaves is bitter but has bunch of healthy values. The edible parts in this variety The tree grows 30 ft tall. ? It helps to grow betel leaves around the tree. ?Leaves, stem, root and flower of august tree leaves are used for medicinal purposes. The agathi leaves can be consumed in the form of juice, cooked spinach or medicine. The thin stem is used as a ingredient for good health medicines in siddha and ayurveda. It is advisable to take agathi leaves two to three times in a month.


Agathi keerai can also be used to heal wounds. Just crush few leaves of agathi keerai and take out the juice from it. Apply this juice on the wounds and let it dry. Applying this regularly will help the wound heal faster. It is always good to add garlic to this keerai as garlic takes out the gastric property present in it. In spite of its rich medicinal properties it is advised that one should not consume agathi keerai if he is already undergoing a treatment for any other disease as it may lead to side effects.

Agathi keerai is good for ulcer. Even Agathi Keerai oil is good for hair.

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Soaking seeds before sowing can greatly improve their chances of germination and growth. There are several methods of soaking seeds, and one of the most popular methods is soaking them in water. All you need to do is immerse the seeds in water for about 24 hours before planting them in grow bags. This method is particularly useful for seeds that have hard seed coats, which can prevent water from penetrating and germination from occurring.

Another method of soaking seeds is to soak them in cowdung slurry. This is a traditional method that has been used in India for centuries. Cowdung slurry is believed to contain natural growth-promoting substances that can help seeds germinate faster and grow stronger. To prepare the slurry, mix cow dung with water to make a thick paste, and then immerse the seeds in the mixture for about 48 hours. After soaking, rinse the seeds in clean water before planting them in grow bags.

Both of these methods can be effective in improving the germination and growth of seeds. However, it’s important to note that not all seeds require soaking, and some may even be harmed by it. Be sure to research the specific needs of the seeds you are planting and use the appropriate method accordingly.

Agathi Keerai Seeds (Sesbania grandiflora)

1 review for Agathi Keerai Seeds (Sesbania grandiflora)

  1. Naveen Thomas (verified owner)

    Quality seeds with a germination rate of 80% +

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