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Japanese Aralia



Description :

HyacinthA 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.

HyacinthCare :

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.

Propagation :
Hyacinth can be propagated from offsets produced by the main bulb.




Japanese Aralia



Description :

Japanese AraliaFatsia 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.

Care :

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 and sand.

Propagation :
Japanese Aralia can be multiplied through cuttings of basal shoots.




Sapphire Flower



Description :

Sapphire FlowerThe 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 white throat.

Sapphire FlowerCare :

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 baskets.

Propagation :
The Sapphire Flower can be multiplied through seeds in spring for flowering in autumn and winter.




Chirstmas Pepper



Description :

Christmas 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.

Care :

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 and sand.

Propagation :
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.




Amaryllis


DAmaryllisescription :

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 season.

Care :

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.

Propagation :
The Amaryills can be multiplied from bulbils that form around the parent bulb. While repotting the plant remove these bubils and plant them separately.





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