Ixora Flowers

Flower Garden – Part VIII – Ixora

Hello everyone! Today we will plant Ixora. Beautiful, small bunch flowers are amazing to have around.

3 Reasons why you should have Ixora at your place :

They are strong & sturdy.

They flower through all seasons.

They come in various different shades of red like dark red, light red, orange, pink, etc. Nowadays yellow and few other colors are also available.

Butterflies love the bunch flowers.

Did I say 3 and give you 4 reasons?

Things to take care while buying Ixora; go for indigenous variety. The hybrid ones (the dwarfed ones) are very weak and don’t survive in the long run. How to differentiate? The indigenous ones are very economical whereas the hybrid ones are very expensive.

Plant the indigenous ones in a big pot as these plants tend to grow quite tall and bushy. Click here to know how to pot your plant. Keep adding compost every month for initial 3-4 months and then in once in every 45-60 days.

Happy Gardening πŸ™‚

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Marigold Flowers

Flower Garden – Part VII – Marigold

Yes, we are talking about the world famous Tagetes. Everyone around the world loves Marigold. πŸ™‚ The beautiful yellow – orange flowers just make your day bright and vibrant.

Marigolds often crop up on there own making them at times fall into the weed category. My garden has had repetitive intrusions by marigold in numerous pots. Yet I love them a lot. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Marigolds are very easy to grow and maintain. They can be propagated from seeds or you can buy a small plant from the nursery.

They are available in both annual and perennial varieties is what Wikipedia says though I have seen only annual ones. So you can grow different colors/species/variety every year.

We here in India, use them a lot in garlands and for decoration.

I have read that they have many culinary uses as well. No personal experience though.

Insects and pests get attracted a lot to these bright flowers. I understand that you may see this as a drawback but it is also one of the greatest advantage of this plant. You can use this plant in your vegetable garden as a trap crop. It means if you place this plant in your vegetable garden, there is a high possibility that the pests will attack this plant and your vegetables would be safe. πŸ™‚

Also, Butterflies get attracted to them a lot.

Make sure your plant receives ample sunlight and compost. Since these are annuals you can add generous of compost while potting and once after 2-3 months should be sufficient. Add more compost only when there is a pest attack.

Happy Gardening πŸ™‚

Beautiful Pink Kaner Flower

Flower Garden – Part VI – Kaner

Kaner, known asΒ Cascabela thevetia, is one of the toughest and drought resistant plants. The beautiful and fragrant yellow, pink, white flowers in bunches are what your garden needs the most πŸ˜‰Β 

We in India consider this plant very holy and flowers are offered to Lord Shiva & Goddess Shakti. Religious points aside, few reasons why you should have Kaner in your Garden are:

They are very sturdy, strong and drought resistant.

Don’t need much care in respect of pruning.

Flowers are very beautiful and fragrant.

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Available in many colors.

Available in single and double petal varieties.

Use big pots for planting these as they tend to grow quite tall. Add compost at regular intervals, say once in a month for initial 4 months and later on once every 45-60 days.

Caution: The flowers, fruits and roots of this plant are poisonous. Please do not consume any part of this plant.Β 

 

Mogra - Jasminum Sambac

Flower Garden – Part V – The Jasmine Trio

Jasmines are must have for any Garden. There are a wide variety of flowers that come under the category of Jasmines. This blog post will feature the first 3 in the lot that are most essential for any Garden.

Jasminum sambac – Mogra

 

Jasminum grandiflorum – Chameli

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Jasminum auriculatum – Juhi

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Jasmines need lot of sunlight and lot of compost. They are available both as vines and shrub. Choose a variety that fits into your requirement. For example, if you’re looking to fence them around the plants, choose a vine variety.

These plants grow very fast. They have beautiful small white fragrant flowers. They mostly bloom in the evenings. So if you return home from work at evenings, these are must haves as they make your garden experience complete.

They are available in single and double petal options and also in lot of hybrid varieties.

So go get these now. Many different varieties of Jasmines coming up soon.

Pink Zinnia

Flower Garden – Part IV – Zinnia

Here comes the mesmerizing and enchanting Zinnia.

3 reasons you should have Zinnias:

Because they are sturdy.

They are available in various different colors, shapes and sizes.

Require very less maintenance.

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You can grow them from seeds.

When growing from seeds, fill the pot with soil & organic compost in 1:1 ratio. Wet the soil and sprinkle the seeds. You can keep the pot indoors/ in shade till they germinate. That way the little seedlings are protected from the birds as well. A week after germination, they need bright direct sunlight. Zinnias love direct sunlight.

Happy Gardening πŸ™‚

Flower Garden – Part III – Pentas

Here comes my most favorite flowering plant. The PENTAS. No words are enough to describe the beauty of this flower. Just go and get hundreds of them.. Go now… Runn…

So here’s why this one has been my favorite over the years:

Its very strong and sturdy.

Has amazing beautiful small flowers in bunches.

Blooms throughout the year.

Comes in various colors.

It highly resistant to any disease or pest attacks.

Thrives well in partial sunlight and shade.

Humming birds, sun-birds and butterflies love them.

Needs very less manure/compost. If you’re potting your plant as recommended, adding manure once in every 45-60 days is enough.

Happy Gardening πŸ™‚

Yellow & Red Hibiscus Flowers

Flower Garden – Part II – Hibiscus

No garden is ever complete without Hibiscus. The beautiful flower with lot of beneficial properties makes it one of the must haves for your garden.

Lets start with the pros:

Hibiscus, like Rose, is a sturdy plant, if you choose the right indigenous variety.

It is an all season flower.

Is available in various colors and shades. It is available both in single and multiple colors.

Is available in both single petal and double petal variety. I would suggest go for a single petal variety. To know more about single and double petal variety click here.

Precautions while buying Hibiscus – Always go for indigenous varieties. Never buy them just before season change. Buy them after the season has changed. It is highly advisable that you pot your hibiscus plant rather than getting a potted one. To know how to pot your plant,click here.

Keep adding compost on regular intervals. Assuming you have potted your plant, add compost monthly for initial 4 months and after that just once in every 45-60 days.

Happy Gardening πŸ™‚

 

Flower Garden – Part I – Rose

It is the easiest plant to grow. I always suggest to start with the Rose because you know.. A Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose!! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

Rose is a sturdy plant and does not attract any disease or pest easily.

It is also very strong given that if you forget to water for a day or so, it won’t dry up.

It blooms in all seasons.

Is available in many colors.

Makes it the best plant to start with.

Now the main problem anybody would face with Rose is that it doesn’t bloom after a while. Once, you have bought the plant, keep adding Organic compost every 15 days initially for 3 months. Then monthly for next 3 months. And then just once in everyΒ  45-60 days.

Happy Gardening πŸ™‚

Watering the plants.

Watering the plants

Watering the plant calls for your judgment. But there are a few indicators which may help you with your watering woes.

You can check the top layer of soil. You can water once the top layer of soil is dry.

The second one is by looking at the leaves. If the leaves look droopy or dull you can water the plants.

Now here’s the key. If you’re seriously clueless try by watering a specific quantity. Say for example, 100ml. Wait for 24 hours. If the plant and/or soil has dried up.. water a little more quantity,say, 120ml. Wait again for 24 hours and check. Keep increasing the quantity till the time you find out that it has optimum water for 24 hours. The indicators are that the plant (basically the leaves) look fresh even after 24 hours and only the top layer of the soil is dry.

Happy Gardening πŸ™‚

Pots with holes

Should pots have holes?

Holes in the pots are meant for draining out excess water. So yes they are needed.

But it is absolutely fine to have a pot without hole. In such cases you have to be careful enough not to water too much as the water would get accumulated in the bottom of the pot. Excess stagnated water near the roots is detrimental to the roots. Hence you have to be cautious enough that the water doesn’t get accumulated.

If you’re wondering how do you know how much water is enough for the plants.. you’ll have to wait for my next post πŸ˜‰

So choose any kind of the pot you like – with or without holes!!

Happy Gardening! πŸ™‚