Ribwort: Best Location To Grow It

Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 09:01 pm

Ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata) is a perennial herb that has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes in humans and horses. In the right location, ribwort plantain can also be grown and harvested specifically in the garden.

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The right location for the ribwort plantain


Ribwort plantain prefers sunny to full-sun locations, but it thrives somewhat less readily in partial shade. In the garden, a place should be chosen for sowing ribwort plantain that is both sunny and evenly moist. Since ribwort plantain can form very deep roots, cultivation in pots or on balconies is only possible to a limited extent.

What does ribwort need from the soil?

Ribwort: Best Location To Grow It


The soil for ribwort plantain should ideally be medium-heavy with a balanced ratio of loam and sand. You only need to fertilize a nutrient-rich soil sparingly with compost or herbal manures. Low-lime sites with a slightly acidic pH are preferred by ribwort.

Tips & Tricks
Loosen very heavy soils to prevent waterlogging with aggregates such as pumice or quartz sand (14.00€ at Amazon*) before planting ribwort.

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