All about Allamanda!

Allamanda is an easy-to-grow flowering shrub from the tropics that offers a steady display of golden-yellow flowers all spring and summer long. It is considered to be a favourite amongst many plant growers because of its heat tolerance and long-season bloom.

The flowers look like  ‘trumpets’ and ‘bells’,  that can create a musical symphony in your garden.

This spell-bounding beauty grows well in containers and landscapes both.

 

Common names: Allamanda

Indian names: Pilaghanti, Arasinhu

Botanical name: Allamanda spp.

Varieties: Yellow (single and double, dwarf, bush, wine), Cheery, White, Peach, Chocolate, Cream, Golden-Orange

Design Ideas: Hanging baskets

PLANT FEATURES

Life-Cycle: Perrenial

Height: 3 to 5 feet

Width/Spread: 2 to 3 feet wide

Flowering Season: Spring and summer

Flower: Allamanda flower

 

GROWING DETAILS

Sunlight: Partial sun/shade. Can be grown indoors with bright light.

Water: Regularly

Sowing season: Spring

Care: Water regularly, apply nitrogen fertilizer to soil occasionally.

Pests: Aphids and mealybugs; Ward off with general pesticide.

Propagation: Seeds and stem cuttings

 

WORD OF CAUTION

The plant contains a poisonous, milky sap – all parts of the plant are considered to be toxic.

IMPORTANT TIP

Thess plants under ideal conditions, can grow rapidly and get out of control, making pruning essential. Allamanda plants can become shrubs by pruning.

USES

Allamandas are popularly used as ornamental plants. They can be grown in sheltered areas as well as indoors – with care – as potted plants.
 With this, we have come to the end of our blog. We hope that you liked the read, and would want to grow these yellow beauties in your green sphere.

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What is tuberose?

Do you like scents? If yes, then this is the flower for you! Tuberose has a fragrance that is rich, exotic and at the same time is not overpowering. Not only is the fragrance a delight to your senses, but its appearance is pleasant and gorgeous too. Tuberose has long, narrow, light green leaves, and the plant grows about 25-30 cm tall. The flowering stalk is about 75-100 cm  in length land has 25-50 florets spike.

BENEFITS OF TUBEROSE

  1. Tuberose oil can relieve a person of stress and anxiety. It can calm down the agitated nerves by giving a soothing sensation.
  2. The oil extracted from tuberose can also help in reducing inflammations relating to respiratory and nervous system.
  3. This essential oil also stimulates and increases blood circulation throughout the body.

NAMES OF TUBEROSE

Common names: Tuberose

Indian names: Rajnigandha, Sugandraja

Botanical name: Polianthes tuberosa

CHARACTERISTICS OF TUBEROSE

Life-Cycle: Perennial/annual (depending on growing conditions)

Height: 2 to 3 feet

Width/Spread: 1 to 2 feet

Flowering Season: Year round

Flower: Tuberose

Varieties: Calcutta Single, Mexican Single, Phule Rajani, Prajwal, Rajat Rekha, Shringar, Khahikuchi Single, Hyderabad Single, Pune Single, Arka Nirantra, Calcutta Double, Hyderabad Double, Pearl Double, Swarna Rekha, Suvasini, Vaibhav.

Design Ideas: Containers or Hanging baskets

GROWING DETAILS

Sunlight:  This requires full sun but can be grown indoors with bright light.

Water: As tuberose grows, provide roughly 1–1.5 in. (2.5–3.75 cm) of water once a week. Tuberose prefers this to more frequent watering in smaller amounts.

Sowing season: Tuberose bulbs are best planted in early spring , but this requires a warm climate with a growing season at least 4 months long

Sowing method:

Care: Plant in soil that drains well and has a pH of 6.5-7.5

Pests: Thrips and aphids are usually disrupt the plant. Use general pesticides to fight them.

Harvest: – For loose flowers, individual flower is plucked regularly which are used for various purposes whereas for cut flower the spike is cut from the base so that longer spike is available.

Propagation: Bulbs are used for propagation.

With this, we have come to the end of our blog. We hope that you liked the read.

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All About Guavas

Guava is a sweet-tasting fruit grown in tropical climates. This seasonal fruit has a delicious taste and a pear-like appearance. It is usually light green, yellow or maroon in colour when it ripens. It has a white or maroon flesh, depending on its type, and has tiny small hard seeds surrounded by a soft & sweet pulp. It is usually consumed in raw farm and also taken as juice, jams or jellies.

Guava is also termed as the powerhouse of nutrients. It contains dietary fibre, vitamins, folate, thiamine, and riboflavin. It also contains essential minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and potassium.

 

Health Benefits Of Guava

Acts as immunity booster: Vitamin C in guava helps improve immunity and provides protection against common infections and pathogens.

Treats diarrhoea and dysentery: Guava has astringent properties that help treat a number of digestive disorders like diarrhoea and dysentery.

Provides dental care:  Guava juice from its leaves has been known to cure toothaches, swollen gums & oral ulcers, and it speeds up the healing process of wounds when applied topically.

The image below explains many more benefits of guava. Check them out as well

 

Different Names Of Guava

Common names: Guava

Indian names: Amarūda, Sībe

Botanical name: Psidium guavaja

Different Varieties Of Guava:

Guava has many different varieties such as Tropical White, Tropical Pink, Tropical Yellow, Red Malaysian, Lemon Guava

Plant features

Life-Cycle: Perennial

Height: 25 feet (when mature)

Width/Spread: 15 feet (when mature)

Flowering Season: Early to late spring

Flower: White coloured blooms.

Plant Growing Details

Sunlight: Partial sun

Water: Moderately

Sowing season: Spring

Sowing method: Guavas are generally started in nursery pots and then transplanted into soil.

Care: Guava benefits from regular fertilizing, especially before pruning. Guavas can withstand heavy pruning so they are ideal as hedges.

Pests: Thrips, Fruit flies, Root-knot nematodes are pests that are most attracted to guava. These can be eliminated by use of general pesticides.

Harvest: Harvest is usually possible during late summer.

Propagation: Seeds

Hope this brief article gives you knowledge about guava.

All About Bananas

Bananas are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world for good reason.  Today, bananas are grown in at least 107 countries and are ranked fourth among the world’s food crops in monetary value.

 

Bananas

 

Benefits Of Bananas

They are considered to be extremely healthy because of their nutritional value. They contain considerable amounts of vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, potassium and are also good sources of dietary fibre and protein.

Owing to the nutritional constituents, they are recommended by doctors to treat various ailments and prevent many diseases.

Anti-inflammatory properties

The compounds inside bananas are anti-inflammatory in nature, meaning that they can reduce swelling, inflammation, and irritation from conditions like arthritis and gout.

Treats Piles

Piles are characterized by having difficulty in passing stools that may lead to bleeding. It is believed that bananas help in effectively treating piles.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Bananas have low salt content and high potassium content, and these properties contribute to making it ideal for those undergoing this condition.

Bananas & Their Names

Common names: Banana
Indian names: Kēlā, Bāḷe
Botanical name: Musa acuminate, Musa balbisiana

Plant features

Life-Cycle: Perennial
Height: 16 to 10 feet, depending on the variety
Width/Spread: 2 feet
Flowering Season: Year-round
Flower: Dark purple-red blossoms

Planting/Growing Details

Sunlight:  Banana plants grow best with 12 hours of direct, bright sunlight each day. They can still grow with less (more slowly), but you should determine where the yard receives the most sun.

Water:  Bananas require a lot of water, hence they need to be watered regularly. But, bananas are also prone to rotting if the water does not drain adequately. So keep in mind the balance.

Sowing season: Warm climate is considered to be suitable for sowing banana seeds.

Sowing method: Seedless bananas are propagated by shoots or bulbs directly onto soil.

Care: The yellow fruits require a lot of water and a nutrient-rich soil in order to grow healthy. So it is important to keep the bananas in moist soil and to apply organic fertilizers regularly.

Pests: Banana aphid, Banana flower thrips, Banana fruit caterpillar, Banana rust thrips, Banana scab moth, Banana weevil borer, Banana-silvering thrips are some common pests that cause diseases in Bananas. Application of general pesticides keeps these pests away.

Harvest: They can be harvested all year round.

 

So, with this, we have come to the end of the article. We hope you found it useful.

Happy Growing Bananas!

Top 5 Orchids For Your Garden

Orchids are a statement of elegance and everything luxurious in life. There are about 20,000 different species of orchids known, all of which are different in colour, shape and size. So choosing the right variety for your garden is imperative. Below is a list of 5 orchid species that you can consider planting in your garden:

Phalaenopsis: Phalaenopsis also known as Moth Orchids are very rewarding and in the right conditions, they will reward the growers with months of showy blooms. If you are a beginner and are set to experiment with gardening this is the perfect flower to start with. They are easily available and are also very sturdy, as they can last for 4 months or more if proper care is provided. From pure whites to unusual spotted harlequins, Phalaenopsis are sure to please. Unlike many other orchids, Phalaenopsis can be repotted anytime, though it is usually best to do so when not in bloom. Phalaenopsis are low-light orchids and will thrive in an east window, or a shaded southerly or westerly exposure. They can be grown in most orchid potting media, such as chunks of pine bark, clay aggregate pellets, charcoal, perlite, sphagnum moss, and styrofoam.

Phalaenopsis

 

Dendrobium: Native to Southeast Asia, the genus Dendrobium is one of the largest of all orchid groups
 They are perfectly shaped, elegant-looking and are found in a variety of colours.There are about 1200 varieties of this flower that grow in all manner of climates, from hot, wet lowlands to high-altitude, colder mountains etc.

They are considered warm-house plants by growers as they require bright sunlight. They are long-lasting and can survive upto 6 weeks. They are extensively used in flower arrangements because of the elegance that they provide. They can easily thrive in hanging baskets with little or no potting media.

Dendrobium

 

Cattleya: These are a pretty popular variety of orchids and comes in many shapes, sizes and colours along with its hybrid varieties.

These orchids like bright light and will not flower without sufficient light. They can even be acclimated to some direct sunlight, although you should avoid direct summer sunlight. In the right light conditions, the leaves are apple green.

They might not be aesthetically pleasing as the above-stated varieties, but their lovely fragrance is reason enough to have them.  However not all Cattleya flowers are fragrant, so ask your grower if that’s a priority. These are found in colours of red, pink, white and yellow. The biggest mistake most people make with Cattleyas is not supplying enough light for the plant to bloom well and/or overwatering. If proper care is provided, they might bloom twice in a year.

Cattleya are not difficult plants, and their flowers are incredibly rewarding. Depending on the species, they may produce just a few showy flowers or bunches of smaller, waxy flowers.

Cattleya

Paphiopedilum: These orchids are best for indoors as they love low lighting and are easy to maintain. Known for their large sized blooms, these are a good variety to have even if you are a beginner. It is important to water these orchids in the morning. This ensures complete water evaporation on the foliage as well as the crown by nightfall, thus preventing bacteria and fungus rot. The best time for repotting is the spring or early summer or fall when temperatures are mild.

PaphiopedilumOncidium

These flowers are perfect for pininterest boards.  Commonly known as ‘Dancing lady orchids’ these flowers add an element of sophistication to any space. They ride high on popularity amongst the florists and the reason is their large sprays of flowers that often sag with dozens of blooms. They have a very strong fragrance and hence are a delight indoors. They grow best in bright light. They also have a very strong fragrance, so are great to have indoors. They grow best in bright light and require regular watering when they are in their growth stage. They can withstand considerable drought because of their large pseudobulbs.

Oncidiums are magnificent in bloom. A large, well-grown plant might send out six or seven-branched sprays of yellow flowers.

oncidium

 

With this, we come to the end of this article. We hope that you quickly choose one of these orchids for your gardens and make it look even prettier!

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