Spider Plant

Want to start with Indoor Gardening but wondering where to start? Spider Plant is a great way to begin with indoor gardening.

Chlorophytum comosum, often called spider plant but also known as airplane plant, St. Bernard’s lily, spider ivy, ribbon plant and hen and chickens is a species of perennial flowering plant.

The spider plant is considered one of the most adaptable of houseplants and the easiest to grow. It is native to tropical and southern Africa, but has become naturalized in other parts of the world. This plant can grow in a wide range of conditions and suffers from few problems, other than brown tips. Here are a few frequently asked questions about spider plant.

Spider plants are easy to grow, being able to thrive in a wide range of conditions. They will tolerate temperatures down to 2 °C (35 °F), but grow best at temperatures between 18 °C (65 °F) and 32 °C (90 °F).

The spider plant is so named because of its spider-like plants, or spiderettes, which dangle down from the mother plant like spiders on a web. Available in green or variegated varieties, these spiderettes often start out as small white flowers.

The NASA Clean Air Study determined that this plant was effective at removing common household air toxins formaldehyde and xylene.

That’s all for today!! Happy Gardening 🙂

Ever wondered about designing your Green Space?

Hello there! How are you? I can’t tell you how many times I have been bombarded with questions about Garden accessories and décor! I have received numerous messages in person and in social media asking about where they can get the growbags and planters and artificial grass from! While amazon has been the most common answer, I realized that amazon has too many brands & products and it is very confusing and overwhelming for most of the shoppers! There began my quest for a dedicated online store for Garden accessories! And I came across Gardenetix.

In my efforts to know more about Gardenetix, I reached out to Ramya Sekaran, founder of Gardenetix. I asked her how did she come across this idea to have an online store for Gardening. Being a passionate gardener and businesswoman myself I was very keen on knowing her story. Here’s what she had to say:

I have always wanted to give colour to my unused space in my home by planting beautiful indoor plants and table top plants. But my lifestyle couldn’t afford enough time for maintenance since I had to do work from home, manage business, balance work-life, taking care of daily needs, safe shopping, etc.

Now it’s time for us to think that it’s not wise to let a good crisis go waste. I decided to give my gardening hobby a new venture. I utilized my morning time which otherwise would go in traveling to office. I started finding places to bring in new plants and variety of planters. Voila!!! I’m a proud gardener now! I grow my own veggies, flowers and herbs in my terrace and Balcony.

What started as a hobby, turned to be a passion and mission! It started to be a stress buster and felt light. Owning my small kitchen or terrace garden made me proud and happy. Every day I felt satisfied after watering my plants, checking for pests, pruning, saying hi to new blossoms, posting pictures in social media, interacting with experts over various forums and overall it became a new way of life.

The shop for selling garden needs supply was then transformed to online platform and hence “Gardenetix” was created. It is now a platform for all types of garden needs like planters, grow bags, outdoor curtains, shade nets, indoor plants and so on.

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I cannot tell you how much I can relate to this story! It was as if she was narrating my story! So now I wanted to know more! I know, too many exclamations for a sentence, but that’s how much I am in awe listening to Ramya’s story. I further asked her about why gardening accessories? Here’s what she had to say:

Creating a balcony garden is fun and interesting. Most of us live in urban side where we couldn’t afford a yard space for making green spaces. Yet we have started making our balcony into small garden spaces where we sit and relax. We have started bringing in grass floors, planters, furnishings which adds colour to our Balcony spaces.

Hanging gardens, traditional gardens, private park space, comfy corner, the modern green balcony, vertical garden, modern-tradition blended colour balcony, railing garden space what not? We have built all types of garden in our houses as per our creativity. 

A balcony garden can be created by upcycled products, hand made articles, eco friendly products, wooden, Terracotta, plastic, ceramic, iron and steel articles.

A small home décor brings elegance to the space. By this we have transformed our neglected corners, overhead spaces into interesting cozy Zen corners.

Inspired by the aspirations of urban gardeners, we have built a store for you to purchase articles which bring dramatic transformation to your fabulous gardens.

Now, isn’t that amazing!! In these pandemic times, when all you hear about is doom and gloom, how businesses are rapidly shutting down, Ramya’s story is really inspires us to look at the bright side! As they say, where there is a will, there is way!!

Visit her store at  www.gardenetix.com to shop for all things gardening to make your gorgeous garden space feel light and airy.

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Krishna-Kamal Passion Flower

One of the prettiest flowers  to dot your garden, passion flowers are actually a type of vine flowers. These flowers are ideal for growing along your garden’s fences or trellis. For flower lovers, it is delightful to see Passion flowers in all their vibrant hues of purple, bright pink, red, yellow and green. What makes passion flowers standout is their lovely fragrance. The pretty flowers emanate a soft odour thereby adding a soothing touch to the surroundings.

Here’s everything you wanted to know about passion flower. From their sunlight requirement to their fertilization! Just scroll through!

So now that you know all that there is to know about about them, let’s get started with potting! Here’s a fun video on potting the plant 😉

Now you must be wondering why am I so keen on having this plant.. That is because, you get to witness something as incredible as this!!

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Crotons

Croton is an extensive flowering plant genus in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae. The plants of this genus were described and introduced to Europeans by Georg Eberhard Rumphius. The common names for this genus are rushfoil and croton, but the latter also refers to Codiaeum variegatum. The generic name comes from the Greek κρότος (krótos), which means “tick” and refers to the shape of the seeds of certain species.

Croton plants can grow up to ten feet high, but dwarf varieties exist that are much shorter. Customarily, the croton plant does not exceed three feet in height. The plant is usually very full, however, as the large leaves cluster together to create volume.

Croton plants are popular because of their stunning colors. Many assume that to add color outside of green to a garden, one must add flowers. But that’s not true. Croton plants offer a colorful, non-flower option that can be planted outdoors (if the conditions are right) or indoors to brighten up a room.

The croton plant originated in a tropical environment, so it favors a warm, humid environment. The soil in which the croton is planted should remain moist but not constantly wet during spring and summer when the plant is growing. Feel the soil and if it is dry to the touch, it may be time for watering. In a dry environment, the croton may require misting to maintain healthy leaf growth.

Much like with other plants, watering croton plants can be a delicate science. The croton plant requires frequent watering, but be sure not to over-water. Too much water can cause root rot, but too little water can dry the humidity-loving plant out. You can use new croton foliage as an indicator of water needs, as it will begin to wilt when thirsty.

Begonia

Begonia semperflorens are commonly known as Wax Begonia, Fibrous Begonia, Bedding Begonia or Perpetual Begonia. It is the leaf coloration which attracts many people to Wax Begonia. The bronze-leaved Begonias are better suited to full sun locations and plants will flower from spring. These kinds are seen more often in the warmer regions of India.The single or double flowers are available in various shades of red, pink or white.

Begonias do best in direct sunlight for 4-5 hours and then indirect sunlight. If they come with a pot, do not re-pot it immediately. Repot it after a month or two. They need continuous supply of organic compost. So keep adding compost every month or two.
Do not over-water the plants. Check the top soil before watering. So let’s be clear here – Begonias need care and attention. You have to keep a watch on the plant to know if it’s alright. Water, sunlight & compost have to be in perfect mix.

Design Tip: Due to their beautiful & colorful leaves, you can pair Begonias with any plant.

Fern

Nephrolepis exaltata, known as the Boston swordfern, wild Boston fern, Boston Blue Bell Fern, tuber ladder fern, or fishbone fern, is a very popular house plant, often grown in hanging baskets or similar conditions. It is a perennial plant.

Fern Image with quote saying the love of Gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.

Although the plant prefers partial shade or full shade outdoors, it doesn’t grow in shade when indoors and responds best to bright filtered light. The plant is usually propagated by division of the rooted runners, as named cultivars will not produce true spores. It is safe for pets as it is known to be non-toxic.

Here’s a few frequently asked questions about fern!

Here’s a small DIY fun video on pot painting!

Juhi – Jui – Jasminum Auriculatum

Jasminum auriculatum is a species of jasmine, in the family Oleaceae. It is found in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Andaman Islands. It is used for decorative purposes and festivals in India. It is commonly called “JUI” or “JUHI”.

Juhi is a beautiful flower with extremely heavy gardenia type scent. This species is not very common though it deserves a special attention. It is a stunning, small climbing bushy plant with simple ovate dark green small leaves and powdery satin white flowers. Leaves are opposite, ashy-velvety, sometimes hairless, simple or trifoliolate.

Lateral leaflets are much smaller, rarely exceeding 4 mm in diameter, the central one up to 3.5 cm long and 1.5 cm broad, ovate, shortly pointed. Nerves are few, lowest oblique. Bracts are linear, 4 mm long. Flowers are fragrant, in many-flowered cymes. Flower-stalks are up to 5 mm long. Calyx 3 mm long, pubescent, teeth minute.

Flowers are white, tube 1.5 cm long, lobes elliptic, up to 8 mm long. Berry is 5 mm in diameter, globose, black. The flower is held sacred to all forms of Goddess Devi and is used as sacred offerings during Hindu religious ceremonies. (Source – Flowers Of India).

Wondering how to train them? Here you go!

They need full sunlight and have a tendency to bloom in the evening. Add generous quantity of organic compost every month. If you like this post, you may want to check out our Ebook – 50 Flowering Plants for Indian Homes

Happy Gardening 🙂

Song Of India

Dracaena reflexa commonly called song of India or song of Jamaica is a tree native to Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, and other nearby islands of the Indian Ocean. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant and houseplant, valued for its richly coloured, evergreen leaves, and thick, irregular stems.

Song of India! What a Beautiful plant!!

The advantage of Song of India is that most of the times it comes in a sapling bag. So you get to pot the plant! Isn’t that amazing? Just add good amount of organic compost & soil while potting!

There isn’t much to care about song of India. Very easy to maintain. You can keep adding compost once in 2-3 months.

The only thing it requires is sunlight. It needs at least 3-4 hours of direct sunlight. So that raises the question whether it is an indoor plant? Yes of course it is! Just place them near the window or in the balcony where you get at least 3-4 hours of sunlight. Even when there is no direct sunlight, it needs bright light to grow.

Now, you must be wondering, why should you opt for song of india?

Because it is beautiful!! Also The fact is NASA studies have shown it to be excellent air purifiers.

So the next time you visit a plant nursery, don’t forget to get Song of India!!

Happy Gardening 🙂

Hydrangea

‘Hydrangea’ is derived from Greek and means ‘water vessel’, which is in reference to the shape of its seed capsules. The special feature of the flowers on a hydrangea shrub is that they can change from blue to pink or from pink to blue from one season to the next depending on the pH level of the soil.

Hydrangea also sometimes known as hortensia is a genus of 70–75 species of flowering plants native to Asia and the Americas. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia. Most are shrubs 1 to 3 meters tall. They can be either deciduous or evergreen, though widely cultivated ones are deciduous.

Hydrangeas are popular ornamental plants, grown for their large flowerheads. Some are best pruned on an annual basis when the new leaf buds begin to appear. If not pruned regularly, the bush will become very ‘leggy’, growing upwards until the weight of the stems is greater than their strength, at which point the stems will sag down to the ground and possibly break.

Other species only flower on ‘old wood’. Thus new wood resulting from pruning will not produce flowers until the following season.Hydrangea can be an amazing indoor plant, it will also decorate your outdoor and be a sight of true beauty with its contrasting colours.