Every plant loves the sun. It’s what nourishes them, helps them grow and bloom and blossom into what they are meant to be. But too much of sunlight is hazardous. That’s because, just like people, plants can experience sunburn too. And, also just like it is for people, this is a pretty unpleasant experience for…

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Syngonium is quick growing, ornamental foliage plant with trailing habit, suitable for small pots and trellises. Syngonium is commonly called ‘Arrowhead’ plant because its leaves are sagittate (like an arrowhead) or three cut and mostly variegated. Belonging to family Araceae, Syngonium podophyllum is the most popular species of arrowhead plant, widely used in gardening. There…

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What is digging? Digging in gardening is equivalent to ploughing in agriculture. Soil digging is the most essential and primary activity of land preparation for gardening. Good digging makes the soil porous, improves the drainage, and removes obstacles from the plant’s roots. All hard objects such as boulders, stones, roots of trees, etc. weeds, as…

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Spider plants, scientifically known as Chlorophytum comosum, are one of the most common and well-known houseplants in the world. Why? Because they are very easy to grow and maintain and even develop tiny white flower blossoms on their arching stems as they mature. Their olivine clusters of thin, spindly leaves are unique and beloved by…

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Agriculture land covers about 40 % of the world’s area. The excessive use of poisonous chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides have taken a toll on mother earth by creating environmental imbalance and health hazards on humans and animals. If you are into farming, you have an important role to play in the conservation of natural resources….

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Naturally developed medicines are fast becoming the way of modern healing. They have barely any side effects, can be grown and harvested from the comfort of your home, aren’t very expensive and are proving to be very effective. A recent focus of this naturally developed medicine has been towards improving the heart’s health by lowering…

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Selection of right ornamental plants is essential in landscape gardening. Gardeners often focus on selecting plants with colorful flowers, size, shape and pattern of foliage but tend to overlook the ‘Texture’ of a plant or any other garden feature. The texture in landscape designing: The texture – surface character of the garden unit is important…

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What is Leaf Mould? Leaf mould is an organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. It is a well-decayed mixture of leaves, grass softwood, lawn mowing and any other plant material. Unlike regular compost which is a product of bacterial decomposition, Leaf mould is produced primarily by the fungal breakdown of leaves. It contains humus which promotes…

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Are you happy with your gardening experience?  Is your tomato plant not bearing enough fruits? Are the flowers of your plant falling off? Are your Rose and Hibiscus plants not blooming at all? Is your Tulsi plant struggling to grow? Are you not sure which fertilizers you should add to your home garden plants, indoor…

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The lawn is a primary feature for home ground development and an essential feature for any other type of garden, like a green carpet for a landscape. In a home garden, a good lawn improves the appearance of the house, enhances its beauty, increases conveniences, and usefulness thus adding the monetary value to the property….

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Summer is also a good season for vegetable gardening. Veggies that like to grow under full sunshine, enjoy long days & warm climate, thrive well in harsh Indian summer. The good thing about summer vegetables is that the same ones can be continued in monsoon season as well. Check if your garden is ready for summer. Let’s…

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Sunflower is an annual plant, that grows with big, daisylike flower. It is tall and course, has creeping or tuberous roots and large, bristly leaves. Some sunflower varieties grow to over 16 feet in height while the dwarf varieties thrive well in small spaces and containers. Most sunflowers are heat and drought tolerant. They also…

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Mango season is here. It is a joyful time for all mango lovers, as they will be getting to taste the king of fruits. However, if you are mango grower, you must know it takes a lot of effort, planning, timing and technique in harvesting these mangoes from the tree. Whether you have a single…

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Creating a layout of vegetable garden & planning your veggies according to the season is an important task for any gardener. Summer is the best time to start fresh. All ornamental plants, vegetable crops, herbs and fruiting trees can be planned in this season. You will have to make a garden layout according to the…

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Malabar Spinach is scientifically known as Basella alba and belongs to the Basellaceae family. It is available in – Green and Red varieties. The stem of the Basella alba is green and the stem of the cultivar Basella alba ‘Rubra’ is reddish-purple; the leaves of both the species are green. Malabar Spinach is very healthy…

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What are hedges? Hedges can be defined as the line of closely planted trees and shrubs that are grown in a way to form barriers in order to demarcate boundaries between two properties. For example hedges separate roads from fields, or one field from another. Hedges with larger trees are known as hedge grows. A…

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If there is any organic product for plants which has all the goodness of nature, that is Vermicompost. It is the most widely used organic fertilizer by seasoned gardeners. Along with curiosity, there are a lot of misconceptions regarding properties and uses of vermicompost among hobby gardeners. Let’s address the top 10 frequently asked questions regarding the application…

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Chives are perennial members of the onion family and are loaded with Vitamins A and C. Like various herbs they are plush with therapeutic properties. A powerful antioxidant, this herb protects your body from free radical damage. It is also an age-old anti-cold and flu remedy that can be included in everyday meals. Grow Chives in…

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Which is an all time fruiting tree that requires minimum effort to grow in very little space in super quick time? That would be Papaya.  Papaya is a tropical fruiting plant with ornamental foliage. Botanically known as Carica papaya belonging to family caricaceae. A plant laden with dark green fruit, pale green and leafless trunk,…

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Today, we all are leading a fast paced life. With the timer running on all our activities, how can one dedicate himself to creating a beautiful garden? Even people with an unending love for gardening end up saying that they do not have time to take care of plants and hence cannot garden. For all…

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For a beautiful garden, only planting flowering and foliage plants is not enough. In a garden, several ornaments, and necessities should be provided to make it look more ornamental and useful. The beautiful hardscaping features, when used along with garden plants, make a garden complete. Let’s have a look at some of the most classic…

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Inquisitive gardeners have created inventive gardening methods and products that are not only good for us bust also beneficial for our plants. With these “7 Advantages of Self-watering Containers Every Gardener Must Know” you will explore and understand how you can save water, keep your plants moist and healthy and have a flourishing green garden…

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Bonsai making is the art of aesthetic dwarfing of woody and semi-woody trees and shrubs in a shallow pan or container. The word bonsai comes from the Japanese language, “bon – tray” or shallow bowl and “sai – a plant”, so literally, it means planting in the tray. By planting the trees in shallow containers,…

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Trees are considered as ‘Lungs of Earth’. They are the biological entities with a perennial, tall, and conspicuous trunk. Evergreen, large trees serve as natural air conditioners especially in hot and dry climate, by lowering down temperatures of surroundings through transpiration. A careful planting of trees enhances the beauty of surroundings and brings the change…

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Extreme summer is here with average temperatures reaching nearly 40 degrees Celsius. When the mercury rises so high, your prime focus should be on protecting the already existing garden plants from the scorching heat & making your garden ready for the upcoming monsoon season. Following are some important gardening activities to do in summer: Soil…

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Holi is the day to express love with colors, and we want to keep it that way. Artificial Holi colors available in the market are made from chemicals. These chemicals can have dangerous effects on our skin, right from allergic reactions to rashes & skin irritation. There are some horror stories about how artificial colors…

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You’ve probably come across a neighbour’s garden with an excellent twisting grape plant and wondered if you could ever do that yourself. Well, the easy answer is that of course, you can! Grapes are relatively easy to grow in most climates and come in a variety of types that suit different regions. The grapes can…

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Summer may not be such a pleasant time for us, but there are so many plants that bloom wonderfully in scorching heat & direct sunlight of Indian summer. These are seasonal flowering plants that are herbaceous in nature. Summer annuals are known for their bright coloured spectacular flowers, excellent for pot gardens & flower beds….

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If you think about it, there’s more than one way to get a colorful garden. Sure, you could just grow amazingly bright flowers and fruits, but there’s one other thing you can do to add some real vibrancy to your garden. You can attract a myriad of pollinators! They will not only light up your…

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Amaranths are a popular group of plants, botanically known as genus ‘Amaranthus’ of Family ‘Amaranthaceae’. Amaranths are mostly erect annual herbs or short-lived perennials. Approximately 60 species are recognised, with inflorescences and foliage ranging from purple, through red and green to gold. Amaranth can be grown throughout the year in India. It grows well in…

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A garden path beside being functional provides a suitable surface for walking; it can be a piece of beauty & an architectural feature in itself.  Garden paths should be used as few as possible and should run from one point to another direct in a few bold, graceful & gentle sloping curves. Trails in straight…

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In Rock garden or rockery, the rocks and soil are arranged in a specific way to create ideal conditions for the growth of different plants. A rock garden is technically artificial in the sense that is human-made, but a well prepared and well-managed rock garden should become one of the most natural, attractive and exciting…

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One of the best things about having your own garden is that you can grow your own food! You can have all the healthy greens and delicious fruits that you have ever craved. But sometimes that list can get quite long and finding space in the garden can be an issue. And that’s where a…

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The benefits of growing cucumber are many. It is a refreshing and delicious vegetable that is an essential part of the healthy diet. It can be eaten in salads, cooked with proteins or pickled for that extra flavour. But there’s a problem with growing cucumbers. They can take up a lot of space, and in…

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Kitchen gardening is a demanding activity. Most of the vegetable plants are fast growing & short lived. All routine garden practices like watering, feeding, pruning, weeding should be done by following a strict schedule. As a gardener, providing trellis support to climbers & staking the weak stemmed plants are two essential activities that should not…

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Bioaesthetic planning can be defined as a ‘conscious plan of the Flora (Plants) and Fauna (Animals) with the objective of beautifying the country.’ It includes the planting of ornamental flowering trees along the city roads, in parks, public places, and compound & houses both in towns & villages. It also includes the development of ‘nature…

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The Mogra plant or Jasminum sambac bears white flowers and is an evergreen shrub with dark green foliage. Its speciality is that the flowers bloom only at night and give off a very fragrant aroma. This plant has its roots in the Middle East and has a natural exotic quality about it. There are many reasons…

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Birds, more than perhaps any other form of life, excite us the most. Their form, colors & melodious calls cannot fail to inspire even the most inexpert among us. All of nature is opportunistic, but birds are perhaps masters of experimenting with new surroundings and conditions. Their remarkable gift of flight has made it possible…

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Radishes are a standard ingredient in salads due to their crunchy nature and pink-scarlet color. Available in numerous varieties and hundreds of colors like white, yellow, purple, pink and black Radishes are cherished globally. In India, the white Asian Mooli or Daikon Radishes are cooked and used in pickles. This particular variety grows as long…

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Seed sowing is still the most legitimate & assured way of growing new plants. The stages of seed germination & seedling formation are the most sensitive and vulnerable stages of a plant’s life. For successful germination of seeds, the method of sowing should be accurate. Due to inaccurate sowing practices, many times seeds fail to…

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Use Cherry Tomatoes to get an instant burst of color and flavor. This extremely versatile variety of tomatoes is used to lend a sweet juicy flavour to salads, salsa, pizza and pasta. Cherry tomatoes are easiest to grow and are the first to fruit. They include both bush and climbing varieties, and all bear prolifically….

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The Republic of India has several national symbols. Many of these symbols signify the value of natural treasure that this great nation possesses. In this blog let’s cast more light on the three national plants of India, viz. the national tree, flower & fruit of India. National tree of India: Banyan Tree Scientific name: Ficus…

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The word Gladiolus is derived from the Latin word Gladius, that means a sword.  It is also known as ‘Sword lily’, because of its sword-like leaves. Gladiolus is popular for its magnificent flowering spikes, large blooms, dazzling colors, different size & long keeping quality. The color range in Gladiolus is fantastic & almost any color…

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Budding is an artificial, vegetative plant propagation technique used for growing ornamental flowering plants like Roses. It is nothing but a highly advanced form of grafting. In Budding one or more buds of one plant are transferred to another by proper technique. The plant which gives the root system is called ‘Stock’ or ‘Rootstock’, while…

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Did you know that Lettuce contains 90% water and is said to quench thirst better than water? It has been a prized edible plant globally. Available in large varieties Lettuce alone can add flavour and color to salads. Grow it in containers in your kitchen garden as a filler crop and get a continuous supply…

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Insects are a part and parcel of your lush green garden. Many of them are beneficial who help plants to pollinate & many of them are harmful to garden plants; we label them as pests. There are established chemical pesticides & insecticides which are extremely efficient in agriculture & farming. However, it’s a well-known fact…

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Mango, often referred as king of fruits is the most awaited seasonal fruits in India. As we all have curiosity about the way mango plant is grown, we are here with our tips on growing mango plant. Mango tree information The Scientific name of Mango is Mangifera indica, belonging to family Anacardiaceae. Mango tree is indigenous to India….

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The Scientific name of Watermelon is Citrullus Lanatus, it belongs to Cucurbitaceae (Gourd family). Watermelon is a trailing annual vine with tendrils. Watermelon plants leaves are coarse, hairy & pinnately lobed. There are hundreds of watermelon varieties having fruits with a smooth hard rind; usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots and a…

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Did you know that your favorite mango or orange varieties are not grown by seed sowing? Most of our popular fruiting & flowering plants of desirable characters like color, texture, smell, taste, size, etc. are grown by artificial vegetative propagation method called as grafting. What is grafting? Grafting is a union of two related plants…

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Parsley is one of the most widely used herbs. It is rich in iron and vitamins A, B, and C. It belongs to the same family as Dill. Parsley comes in two types: curly and flat leaf. The flat-leaf Parsley is also known as French or Italian Parsley.  Italian Parsley has a slightly stronger taste….

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For a healthy individual, it is important to align the seven energy centres or the seven chakras. Energy centres when out of balance can create tensions, stress and a feeling of mental imbalance in a person. So, while we can work these chakras at a spiritual level through meditation, we must also supplement these efforts…

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Landscape designing is an exciting profession. It is a unique combination of art & horticultural science. Landscaping is a field of implementing new ideas & innovations. To master the skills of landscaping, one needs to start with the basics; and what could be a better theme than designing a home garden for learning the basics!…

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Potatoes are conventionally grown on ground by farmers & hobby gardeners. But guess what, potatoes can easily grow in any container like large round pots, drums, buckets, boxes, grow bags or gunny bags, etc.  In this blog, you will learn the easy way to grow potatoes successfully in containers, how to start a potato plant…

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What is butterfly garden? The butterfly is undoubtedly the most beautiful insect on earth. We all automatically relate these colorful creatures with flowers & gardens. The concept of the butterfly garden is simple; a particular garden is developed in such a way that it naturally attracts lots of butterflies. All the plants & overall micro-environment…

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Sage is an evergreen shrub that looks good both in the flower border and the herb garden. It has strongly aromatic leaves and is widely used in meat dishes, toppings, flavored vinegar, and sauces. Commonly Sage has gray-green color, slightly feathery leaves, but there are other varieties too: Purpurea has purple leaves; Tricolor has green…

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Flowering shrubs are important because they are available in various shapes, sizes, and forms and even flowers are of different colors and shapes. Possibly the most significant point is that unlike the seasonal flowers, they are perennial in habit, and need a little care. If the proper selection is made the shrubs will provide flowers…

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Botanical name of Ginger is Zingiber officinale; it belongs to family Zingiberaceae, the same family of other famous Indian spices Turmeric & cardamom. Ginger is commercially cultivated in India on a large scale; however, a ginger plant growing in your home kitchen garden will always come in handy for your regular supply of fresh aromatic…

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Rosemary plant is an evergreen perennial shrub with aromatic needle-like leaves. Its Scientific name is Rosmarinus officinalis, and it belongs to the same botanical family of Mint & Basil i.e. Lamiaceae. In Hindi Rosemary is called as ‘Gulmehendi’ (गुलमेहेंदी). It is available in multiple varieties all over the world. Rosemary Sunlight Requirement: This hardy plant…

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