bulbous, very fragrant, plant with strap-shaped leaves. Each
bulb produces a single flower stalk which bears bell-shaped
flowers with curved petals in white, yellow, pink, red and blue
color. The flowers grow in thick clusters imparting an untold
beauty to the plant.
Pot the bulbs in a moist mixture of equal
parts of loam, peat and sand during autumn. Preferable
temperature is around 10 degree Celsius. The partially buried
bulbs should be kept in complete darkness for a period of two
months. After this period, gradually expose the plant to more
light, watering in moderation, when the buds start sprouting
place the plant in normal light. Hyacinth can also be cultivated
in water but one has to be careful in choosing the consider.
Hyacinth can be propagated from offsets
produced by the main bulb.
Japonica or Japanse Aralia as the name indicates is a native of
Japan. It is a tall woody shrub that grows rapidly. The
fan-shaped glossy leaves of the plant are meticulously segmented
into 7-9 lobes. The plant bears umbels of white flowers in
October when grown outside. In certain varieties creamy white
blotches appear on leaves.
A tough plant to grow indoors especially in
harsh winter climates. The Japanses Aralia thrives equally in
sun or shade provided the surroundings are bright. The ideal
temperature for the plant is around 16 degree Celsius. Water
abundantly during all periods except winters when it stays
sluggish. Potting medium consists of equal part of loam, peat
Japanese Aralia can be multiplied through
cuttings of basal shoots.
Botanical name of Sapphire flower or amethyst flower is
Browallia Speciosa. The plant is cultivated for its beautiful
flowers which bloom in autumn and winter. Sapphire flower is a
plant with slender, erect and sometimes pendulous stems that
grows upto a hight of 2 feet. It bears ovate, pointed bright
-green leaves are adorned with star shaped lovely, violent-blue
or white flowers. Blue veins run through petals that possess
Grown as an annual, the plant is discarded
after flowering. It needs plenty of direct sunlight but care
should be taken to ensure that it does not remain out in too
harsh sum. The most suitable temperature for Sapphire flower is
between 13-15 degree celcius, though it may survive at a higher
temperature, too, but flowering period gets reduced. The plant
should be let to dry in between wartering. During its bloom
time, fortnightly applications of liquid fertilizer are ideal. A
standard growing mixture consists of 1 part organic compost, 1
past pead and 1 part sand. It looks beautiful in hanging
The Sapphire Flower can be multiplied through
seeds in spring for flowering in autumn and winter.
Pepper or Ornamental Chilli is a plant cultivated for its
decorative fruits. It is a tall woody shrub with long ovate
leaves. June onwards small, white flowers shoot from leaf axils.
During October beautiful berries appear in various colors and
shapes. The most popular varieties include: cone-shaped fruits
in green, yellow, red, orange and cream; round shaped fruits in
yellow or violet; red fruits in bunches of 2-3. These berries
last between 2-3 months.
An easy to grow plant, Christmas Pepper is
placed indoors during winter and outdoors in summer. It requires
direct, bright light of several hours in a day. The plant does
well at room temperature but flowers last longer if kept at a
temperature of 13-15 degree celcius. Plant thrives in humidity
and therefore the pot should be kept in a bowl of moist gravel.
Water abundantly but do not allow water to stand in the pot.
Feed liquid fertilizer fortnightly. The standard growing medium
for Christmas Pepper consists of equal portions of loam, peat
Ornamental Chilli can be propagated from seed or
alternatively seedlings can be bought in autumn. Plant is
cultivated as an annual and thrown after fruiting.
The botanical name of Amaryills is Hippeastrum
Hybrids. It is a butbors plant with ribbon like leaves fanning
outward. It grows upto a height of 18 inches. An 18 inches tall
flowering stem shoots from the side of the bulb. It bears exotic
red color, funnel-shaped flowers in bunches of 2-4 during
winter. Each plant usually produces 2 flowering stems in a
Bulbs are required to be planted in the month of September
in a half-bury state. The ideal temperature for the growth of
plant is around 10-14 degree C. Plant needs sunlight to flower
but it should be kept in indirect light. During growing season
and flowering time ensure to keep the soil moist. However,
during dormancy it needs small qualilty of water. Fertilizer
containing a high measure of potassium be applied between August
to October. Organic soil, peat and sand in equal parts
constitutes the standard gouring medium.
The Amaryills can be multiplied from bulbils
that form around the parent bulb. While repotting the plant
remove these bubils and plant them separately.