All About Celosia

Celosia flowers are known as wool flowers or cockscombs. They have unusual flowers that can bloom up to 10 weeks. These flowers can have red, pink, purple, gold or bicoloured blooms. When many celosia flower blooms are next to each other.

They collectively resemble fire, which is why their name Celosia, which means burning in Greek was chosen.

The common name of cockscomb comes from the bloom’s resemblance to a rooster’s comb.

Celosia

Different Names Of Celosia

Common name: Cockscomb, Brain Celosia, Wool flower, Red fox

Botanical name: Celosia.

Varieties Of Celosia

varieties-of-cockscomb

Celosia varieties come in many sizes, from only a few inches up to about 5 feet high. Celosia plants are classified into three groups: a crested type (Celosia cristata), a plume type (Celosia plumosa) and a spike or wheat type (Celosia spicata).

Plant features:

Life cycle: Annual

Height: 24-36 inches

Width: 6-8 inches

Flowering season: Mid-summer or mid-fall.

Foliage: Blue-green, shiny/glossy-textured.

Planting details:

Sunlight: Full sun locations allow cockscomb Celosia to grow taller. But cockscomb may grow in only partial sun, so it can happily exist when partially shaded by taller plants.

Water: Celosia loves moist soil. Although the plant can tolerate short periods of drought but it grows much better when soil remains slightly moist. While watering, remember not to overwater plant to avoid leaf spots, stem rot, root rot and other fungal diseases.

Sowing season: Cockscombs like warm weather. The seeds will typically not germinate unless the ground temperature is at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you live in an area with cool springs, start the seeds indoors four to six weeks before the expected last frost. If your area has longer summers, plant the seeds directly in your garden after the last expected frost.

Sowing method: Celosia plant thrives in most of the soil types, but it is better to use soil that is rich in organic matter and drains well. The pH level of the soil required should be around 6 to 7.

Care: Celosia care is simple and easy, with slight maintenance you can get prolifically blooming celosia flowers in your home and garden.

Pests: Spider mites and aphids are commonly found in these flowers. To avoid infection keep your plant healthy, water in limit and ensure good drainage. Spray with organic pesticide and fungicide if necessary.

Propagation: This plant drops its seeds and will quickly take over a container. To propagate this flower, collect the seeds and start the seeds indoors. Thin out the celosia sprouts so they are about 8
inches apart and plant young flowers outdoors after the last frost has passed.

So with this, we have come to the end of our article. We hope you had a good read!

Happy gardening!

Know All About Bitter gourd

Bitter gourd is actually not a vegetable but fruit.  The fruit of bitter gourd is used for consumption and various medicinal purposes. Bitter gourd consumed as juice also offers many medicinal benefits. Bitter gourd contains iron, magnesium, vitamins, and potassium. The calcium and potassium content in it is twice that of spinach and banana.

Bittergourd

Different Names of Bitter gourd

  • Common names: bitter melon, papailla, melao de sao caetano, bittergourd, balsam apple, etc.
  • Indian names: Hindi- Karela, Kannada-Hagalkai
  • Botanical Name: Momordica charantia

 

Benefits of Bitter gourd

  1. Helps in maintaining blood sugar levels – Bitter gourd contains an insulin-like compound called Polypeptide-p or p-insulin which has been shown to control diabetes naturally.
  2.  Lowers bad cholesterol levels – It maintains the blood pressure of the body as it is rich in potassium, which absorbs excessive sodium in the body. This lowers heart risks.
  3. Improves skin and hair: Bitter gourd juice has powerful anti-oxidants along with vitamin A and C which prevent premature skin ageing and diminishes wrinkles.

 

Bittergourd juice

 

 

Varieties:

Bittergourd comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. The cultivar common to China is 20–30 cm long, oblong with bluntly tapering ends and pale green in colour, with a gently undulating, warty surface. The bitter melon more typical of India has a narrower shape with pointed ends, and a surface covered with jagged, triangular “teeth” and ridges. It is green to white in colour. Between these two extremes are any number of intermediate forms. Some bear miniature fruit of only 6–10 cm in length, which may be served individually as stuffed vegetables.

 

Plant Features:

  • Life-Cycle: Annual
  • Height: tendril-bearing vine grows to 5 m.
  • Width/Spread: It bears simple, alternate leaves 4–12 cm across
  • Flowering season: spring
  • Flower: pale yellow
  • Foliage: Bitter melon leaves are vibrant green and are attached to a vine with long thin stems. Leaves are made up of 3 to 6 veined lobes and have jagged edges.

Planting/Growing Details:

  • Sunlight: It grows best under full sun, therefore requires around 6-8 hours of direct exposure to sunlight.
  • Water: It should be watered regularly especially when the top-soil turns dry. It is important to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Over-watering can cause rotting and fungal diseases.
  • Sowing season: Bittergourd plant care dictates planting when there is no danger of frost and temperatures have warmed.
  • Sowing method: Grown as an annual crop, seeds can be obtained from a number of suppliers and direct sown in almost any soil type, although growing bitter gourd seeds do best in deep, well-draining, sandy or silt loam.

 

Care:

Bittergourd is susceptible to most of the same diseases and insect attacks that plague squash and cucumbers. Bittergourd should be stored between 53-55 degrees F. (11-12 C.) at a fairly high humidity with a shelf life of 2-3 weeks. It is important to keep the bitter gourd fruit away from other ripening fruits to avoid hastening the ripening process.

Pests:

Mosaic virus and powdery mildew afflict bitter gourds are common pests. For this, commercial producers often cover the developing fruit with paper bags.

Propagation:

Propagation is through direct seeding and transplanting. The best medium for the seeds is a fertile, well-drained soil with a pH ranging from 5.5 to 6.7, enriched with organic matter, such as compost or dried manure. But it will tolerate any soil that provides a good drainage system. The soil must be prepared well by adding organic matter before planting.

 

 

So, with this we have come to the end of our blog. Hope this enhanced your knowldge on bittergourd, and you would now run to your kitchen to experiment with it.

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: Bananas 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 Plants To Make Your Workspace Alive

Adding a touch of green to your work space carries proven wellness benefits, apart from boosting productivity and purifying the air. But windowless cubicles and wacky watering schedules can bring most plant varieties to an early demise.

Avoid getting stuck with a sad plant cemetery on your desk by choosing one of these air-purifying, mood-boosting varieties that are also nearly impossible to kill.

Peace Lilies

Peace-Lillies

This elegant lily is a common sight on office desks. Its popularity stems from the plant’s easygoing nature. It bears a tolerant nature and is well suited for typical office conditions such as low humidity, air conditioning, and fluorescent lights. They only need to be watered once or twice a week and can be left up to two weeks without water. They produce beautiful white spathes and flowers in bright light and look like traditional foliage plant in case of dimmer light conditions.

 

Cacti

Contrary to common belief, cacti do not need full sunlight to thrive – they are perfectly content with fluorescent office lighting. They have a very shallow root system, so can be kept in a small pot and won’t take up much space. Ideally, you should make it a point to water them once in a week, however, due to their biological structure they can actually survive up to a month in your office space without watering.

African Violets

African Violet Plant

These East African beauties come in a variety of colors. They are compact and neat, making them ideal for a small, crowded desk. African Violets do well under fluorescent light, but aren’t suitable for offices that don’t switch the lights off overnight – they need at least eight hours of darkness a night to produce flowers. Watering needs to be done from the bottom till the top. This can be done by keeping the pot in a water-filled bowl or a tray.

They symbolize loyalty, devotion, and faithfulness. Also, Violets are one of the February Birth Flowers, so a potted African violet can make a bright gift for a February birthday.

Devil’s Ivy

Contrary to its name the plant has nothing evil about it. It only does good deeds. It oxygenates your surroundings and removes the harmful substances in the air through the stoma in its leaves.

It is heart-shaped and has satiny leaves that are marked by a silver, pale green, yellow or white spots or a flame pattern. The leaves are on long tendrils which can either climb or hang so that you have plenty of options.

The best part is that it can tolerate low light and dry air, and only needs to be watered twice a week. Its trailing vines with marbled leaves makes it a perfect adornment for a cabinet or bookshelf.

Bromeliads

Bromeliads

Add some color to the dullness of your work-station with these vibrant South American jungle plants. Not only do they come in a variety of colors, but they also have innumerable textures to showcase.Bromeliads grow on rainforest tree branches, so they prefer fluorescent office lights over natural direct sunlight. This plant needs a little more care than others on this list – it prefers frequent watering.

But this plant that provides an exotic touch to your office deserves a tad bit more care. Doesn’t it?

Whether your concern is air quality or simply a bit of visual appeal, there are a variety of choices for office plants. We hope the list above starts you thinking about transforming your office environment.

Sowing Charts For Metropolitan Cities

The best part of growing vegetables in your garden is the sheer happiness of picking up fresh, nutritious vegetables and using them right away in your recipes. However, knowing the right time to grow the vegetables is really important. For example – If you are growing indoors, then you have a lot of control over the temperature and lighting and you have lesser barriers to face while you nourish the plants. This is not the case when you grow vegetables outdoors as the environmental factors are not under your control.

 

So the right knowledge while you get involved in the growth of your healthy friends is very important.

 

SOWING CHART IN DELHI

MONTHS VEGETABLES
   
1.     JANUARY Brinjal
   
2.     FEBRUARY Applegourd, bottle gourd and cucumber
   
3.     MARCH Watermelon, Okra and French beans
   
4.     APRIL Capsicum
 
5.     MAY Onion, Pepper,and Brinjal
   
6.     JUNE All kinds of gourds and cauliflower
   
7.     JULY All kinds of gourds, cucumber and Okra
8.     AUGUST Carrot, cauliflower and radish
   
9.     SEPTEMBER Cabbage, cauliflower and peas
   
10.     OCTOBER Brinjal, cabbage and cauliflowers
   
11.     NOVEMBER Turnip, tomato, peas and radish
   
12.     DECEMBER Tomato

 

SOWING CHART IN CHENNAI

MONTHS VEGETABLES
   
1.     JANUARY Lettuce, spinach, melons and tomato
   
2.     FEBRUARY Okra, Brinjal and beans
   
3.     MARCH Gourds, amaranthus, coriander and beans
   

 

4.     APRIL Okra, amaranthus, coriander and tomatoes
   
5.     MAY Okra, onion and chilly
   
6.     JUNE Nearly all vegetables
   
7.     JULY Nearly all vegetables
   

 

8.     AUGUST Cauliflower, carrot, beans and beet
   
9.     SEPTEMBER Cucumber, cauliflower, spinach and peas
   
10.     OCTOBER Cabbage, Capsicum and cucumber
   
11.     NOVEMBER Lettuce, eggplant and cabbage
   
12.     DECEMBER Beet, eggplant, cabbage and lettuce

 

Update yourself about what to sow and when to sow depending upon your geographical location and go on a vegetable gardening spree!!!:)

Merry vegetable gardening peopleJ

 

Talking to your plants!

Loneliness is a feeling that in the present scenario defines our state of mind.

In an age of cut-throat competition, it is difficult to distinguish between friends and foes. We might have a lot of friends, but what we lack is the quality time that we can spend with them to strengthen our bond.

But how do we stop our impulsive whim of sharing our deepest thoughts, because in an absence of a true friend, who will listen to us patiently?

I have the answer to this. The answer is your plants.

Why not try and disclose all your secrets to your dearest plants?

Dear Plants

 

Well, don’t turn away thinking that this is nothing but a mosaic of my fantasy. Because this not just my emotion that is speaking. I am speaking on the behalf of logic and science too!

Science has validated that talking to plants can actually propel their growth and they are also nurtured better.

It is a known fact that plants are sensitive to the sound vibrations and respond affirmatively. It can be attributed to their strategy of survival and adaptation to the changing environment which is composed of different forms of sound.

German experimental psychologist, Gustav Fechner pioneered research that unveiled that plants have emotions just like human beings. Later Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose from Bengal conducted research that went on to show that plants respond to emotions of affection and violence.

Plants

As a passionate gardener, your diligence is evident from the way you maintain your garden: Timely weeding, periodic fertilization and bathing the seedlings with the right amount of water.

However, all these activities lack that extra personal touch that the plants crave for. You need to make the flora feel special just like you would for a friend on her/his homecoming or her/his birthday. If they possess emotions similar to human beings, then they also desire for a companion who would talk to them. And how will you comprehend that they have responded?

It is simple; they will retort with an enhanced growth as compared to plants who are bereft of a gregarious gardener. It has been proven that plants love to listen to a female voice, however, the reason has remained unfathomable till date. However, many researchers feel that it is the different pitch and tone of the female voice that makes them the favorite speaker for plants.

So now that you know that there is science in theory and practice that supports the idea of talking to your green friends.

But now the next challenge that you might face is what is it that you can say to your plants.

Here are some tips that will make your talking activity with your flora amigos a cathartic experience:

  • There are certain secrets in our life that we cannot share even with our best friends because we fear being judged by them. We sort of anticipate that being truthful will disrupt our relationship with friends, but at the same time we have this strong urge of unburdening ourselves from that heap of feelings.
  • Sharing whatever you have inside you with your plant buddies can solve this problem very easily. Believe you me that talking about your woes or your confessions will not only make you feel relieved,but will also make you more confident. You will be confident about the fact that you have someone always there to lend an ear to your talks without forming an opinion, because sometimes all you need is someone to just listen to you without passing any remarks.
  • Also, it is important that your plants are not deprived of frothy and happy stories. For that you can arrange a story-telling session or recitation every weekend. You know what is better? Treat them to regular routine of bedtime stories. However, don’t repeat the stories. They say variety is the spice of life.
  • You are head-over-heels in love with the cute boy in your class or gushing over the smartest girl of your college. So what are you waiting for? Go to your green buddies and tell them all about it. They would definitely share the excitement and express it in their own wonderful ways.
  • Encourage children to communicate with plants. This will instill in them a nurturing quality and will aid in sharpening their communication skills. This is especially ideal for introvert kids or children with speech problems.
  • The key to ensure that the plant benefits from all this talking is to speak in a low-pitched voice that evokes your innate love for them.

 

If you are in a sour mood, don’t dump your frustration on the plants by screaming and howling. Plants have immense love for peace, so bestow them the peace that they deserve because these lovely beings are responsible for preserving and sustaining the peace of our environment.

 

Start talking and keep talking to your dear plants!!

 

 

 

How to plan an organic kitchen garden?

Elevate your life and transform your world with an organic kitchen garden. Having an organic kitchen garden means you can grow your own fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Organic Kitchen Garden

 

You can have your organic kitchen in your kitchen and also where ever there is little space available, that is nearby and accessible. You can start your organic kitchen garden with very basic tools. However, there are a few things that need to be considered before planning your organic kitchen garden; let’s consider them one by one.

Choosing the right place

Organic Kitchen Garden

Starting your organic vegetable garden in the right place makes a huge difference.  You should search for a spot where your plants will get direct sunlight for at least 6 hours. If you cannot have a place that provides the desired exposure to sun, then don’t let out a sigh of despair. There are vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, peas, cauliflower, etc that can grow without such requirements.

Access to water, tools, compost

Try to have your organic kitchen garden in a place where tools, water, compost and other requirements are easily accessible. You shouldn’t be dragging tools from the other end of your yard and drudging with a heavy watering can. You should grow your plants with ease and convenience without any pressure that droop your shoulders.

Soil quality

Soil

It is very important to access the quality of the soil for growing organic vegetables. Do a Quick D.I.Y. Soil Test: By doing a few simple tests yourself, you can learn a lot about your soil. Learn about what type of soil you have, how healthy it is, how well it drains.

Plants and Seeds

Organic Store

You would require organically grown plants and seeds. And for that, there are several good companies that provide organic vegetable garden seeds. Many nurseries, garden centres, and online stores are also starting to sell a selection of organic seeds. These are usually very clearly labelled as “organic.” Organically-produced seeds are harvested from organically-grown plants, that are never treated with chemical pesticides or fungicides, and are never genetically modified.

Plant, Grow, and Harvest! Now that you’ve got your garden installed and the soil amended, the organic plants and seeds bought — now it’s time to plant and tend your garden. Pay close attention to your garden, so pests and diseases stay away from them.

The simple pleasure of biting into a tomato still warm from the sun picked and eaten on the spot, is almost unbeatable. You can grow just about any vegetable in a container and you can also save serious bucks by growing your own veggies.

 

Top 5 plants for a miniature garden

“Best things come in small packages.” This statement is nothing but true, especially when it comes to miniature gardening. It’s just like life-sized gardening – but shrunken down.
You can be very creative while you pick plants for such a small-scale garden. It is just so similar to painting a picture on the canvas.
In this blog, we will help you find out about the best plant choices for adorning your miniature garden

1. Ajuga reptans ‘Dixie Chip’/ bugleweed

Ajuga Reptans
So the first in the list is Ajuga or Dixie Chip. This is a dwarf variety and is well suited for small spaces, beds, border fronts, foundations and containers, rock gardens and path edgings. This can be well accommodated with other plant varieties and serves as a fabulous addition to shade gardens.

2.Variegated Boxleaf Euonymus/ Euonymus japonicus ‘Microphyllus Variegatus’

Varigated-Boxleaf-Euonymus
Apart from standing out on the green lawn and providing a great contrast to dark green shrubs, it also acts as a barrier to heat and can even sustain in bad soil.
These plants can be used as edgings, hedges or small topiary forms. It can also be used as shrubs or perennial borders to create neutral fields of color that accentuate other foliage and flowers.

3.Miniature Ivy

The name says it all. Its tiny plant body is embellished with a bronze texture, oak-like leaves, and elongated wiry stems. Their growth is flexible, and hence they can be grown on a trellis as well. When it’s grown in the soil as a groundcover, its stems appear to touch the ground. It should be kept evenly moist while it is kept in terrariums.

4.Lemon Cypress

This is a soft little tree/shrub for miniature gardens and landscapes. It has got an evergreen foliage which is marked by a bright lime green color which upon meeting the sunlight turns to yellow.
It provides the required height and structure necessary for realistic miniature garden scenes. It can be trimmed easily with scissors to give a “Christmas Tree” shape. Trimming also releases an aroma of fresh lemon which is a delight to one’s senses.
This is easily manageable and can grow under the sun, indoors, in containers or planted in the ground. It is the perfect choice for miniature gardens, fairy gardens, little landscapes and railroad gardens.

5.Muehlenbeckia axillaris (Creeping)

This is a small bushy plant with a very fine foliage. The stems are wiry and are coated with rounded leaves that are about half the size of a regular Wire Vine.

These the perfect sized plants for miniature gardens and fairy gardens and is easy to grow in sun, shade and indoors that have good lighting.
They also make great little plants for wild gardens, woodland scenes. This pretty looking plant is also a personal favorite for many.

 

We hope you liked reading about these plant varieties. We also hope that very soon you would be adding one of these to make a beautiful miniature garden for yourself!

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!

Happy Gardening!