A gorgeous plant that thrives in low light and tolerates soggy feet, betel leaf (Piper betle) is an important plant in the Ayurvedic tradition. It is typically recommended as stimulant, a general health tonic and as a breath freshener. Betel also plays an important role in Indian culture, and Hindus often wrap money in betel leaves before giving it to their priests.
It is a vine so it can be grown to climb up a tree or fence during the summer, or trained to spill over the edge of a pot in a hanging basket. It grows rapidly but appears to grow most quickly in the warm temperatures and long days of summer.
It’s that time of year again, and temperatures are dropping across the country. We’ll continue shipping in warm areas, but we will have to stop shipping to places where temperatures are below freezing. We also must limit shipping to states west of the Mississippi River because most of those shipments seem to go through the Chicago airport where they appear to spend the night outside in a truck. We’ll check temperatures here and stop shipping when the low drops below 30 degrees. Orders paid through Google and Amazon will automatically be cancelled because they expect all products to ship within seven days. If you’d like to place the order for shipment when possible, please include a note in the comment section of the order form.