In India, even if you aren’t a gardener or haven’t had much experience with plants, you still would have heard about the money plant. Every neighbor, relative, friend and acquaintance with even a slightly green thumb will attest to the fact that this is often the first plant they bring home. Another popular name for…

More

Monsoon season marks the renewal of dynamic growth in perennial garden plants. As the plants begin to awaken from their dormant period, it is a good time to repot old established plants. When plant roots run around the inside of the pot, the plant gets pot bound; then it is time to pot on the…

More

Bitter Gourd information: The Scientific name of Bitter Gourd is Momordica charantia, and it belongs to Family Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber family). It is sometimes referred as Bitter Melon. Popularly known as Karela in India. Bitter gourd is a slender creeper trained on a trellis with dark green or greenish white oval fruits with blunt tubercles tapering…

More

A unhealthy, weak and sick looking plant is not always result of diseases and infections. The symptoms of nutrient deficiency can be similar to the symptoms of viral or bacterial diseases. Let’s have a look at importance of basic nutrients(NPK), supplementary nutrients and micronutrients (trace elements) and their deficiency symptoms. Nitrogen deficiency: The deficiency of…

More

What is peat moss? The peat moss belongs to the genus Sphagnum with hundreds of known species. This Sphagnum moss is a temperate non flowering plant found in countries of northern and southern hemisphere. The dry sphagnum moss or peat moss has mass of light fibers which is extremely useful in horticulture and gardening for…

More

It’s a well-known fact that our planet is incredibly beautiful and diverse.  There are large spans of landscapes that differ from region to region and offer something unique to our adventurous senses. You’ve also heard about all the wonders of the world, how they were built, their stories and why they are important even today. But…

More

In sprawling cities, struggling for space, a flat dweller hardly gets any place for the conventional type of gardening. For such urban gardeners, the alternatives are hanging baskets, bottle gardening, tray landscaping and miniature gardening. Miniature gardens are attraction points these days in various plant exhibitions and flower shows. What is Miniature Gardening? Miniature gardening…

More

India is rich in plant diversity. During summer, some of the best tropical fruits are available in India. Most of these fruits are formed on a naturally growing wild, native Indian trees in cities, villages, and forest. Many of these fruits are cultivated in farms, orchards and home gardens.  Let’s have a look at top…

More

5th June is World Environment Day, the United Nations principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since four decades, World Environment Day has been celebrated to raise awareness and drive change. The theme for 2017 World Environment Day is ‘Connecting People to Nature – in the city, on…

More

Are you ready to move from being a beginner or a home garden enthusiast to a passionate gardener who knows exactly what’s going on in their garden? Of course, it starts with picking a good variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers that will ensure that there’s enough diversity. Then there’s knowing what tool you need…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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….

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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….

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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,…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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,…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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….

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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….

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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…

More

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….

More

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…

More