Top 10 flowering annuals for monsoon

Ornamental Gardening
// July 18, 2016
Monsoon Annual Flowering Plants

 

It will be monsoon soon and while its great for the foliage plants that thrive and look like someone splashed all shades of green on them. This season is usually considered to start from the month of July and is in full force in August and starts to lessen in September. The rainwater, with clean fresh air, and the overall liveliness of the weather paired with long bright days in the middle gives the plants a life of their own with new leaves and unparalleled vigour.  But worry not flower aficionados, there are some beautiful flowers for your monsoon garden.

But first lets talk about some monsoon garden care tips.

Every season has its own importance in the world of gardening. But monsoon is the best time of the year for garden lovers for planting and re-potting.

While the rains are a great season for the plants, too much rain with no proper arrangement can spell disaster for home gardens and house plants in direct rain. So let’s first discuss the care tips all you home gardeners need to exercise before it rains down on us.

  1. Rainwater stagnation in base plates is a major issue. When it rains heavily not only does your potted plant get wet, but the water also fills up the base plate, meaning wet feet for your plants that lead to root rot. One easy remedy is to simply remove the base plates of the plants that get direct rain in this season or just empty the base plate after every shower.
  2. It’s time to shift your succulents and cacti and other drought resistant plants to drier spots. Either shift them indoors to a well-lit spot or to a place in your garden that will NOT GET any DIRECT RAIN.
  3. Pruning is another important task soon after summer. Pruning just prior to monsoon helps in faster growth of plants and ensures air and sunlight reaches every part of the plant.
  4. Get your delicate or smaller plants to safer spots to protect them from heavy rain and wind. You can also create a canopy with perforated sheets to safeguard your plants. Get your ferns out and into the rain to see a burst of new growth. It’s also a great time to prune your plants, the weather aids quicker growth.
  5. Keep in mind that your watering schedule for indoor plants will change in the monsoon season. The air is humid and the water loss of plants through evaporation would decrease, so water your plants only when the topsoil is dry. The risk of overwatering increases in monsoon.
  6. Humid weather also brings in prolific growth of weeds. Constant de-weeding is one of the most important activity of this season.
  7. The high moisture and constant moisture on the leaves means its pest time. Keep in mind that one way to avoid that is to keep your plants well ventilated. Spray your plants with neem oil whenever the rain gives you a break (at least every 10 days), take care to spray the underside of the leaves and the nooks and crannies.
  8. Keep an eye out for the slimy trails of slugs and snails, physically pick them out and get rid of them (don’t kill them, release them out into the open). Some slugs and snails come out at night, so hunting for them post sundown is also a good idea.

Here are some things you can do to prep your garden before the monsoon hits us full force:

  • Provide stakes and support to the plants as they often break or fall off due to strong monsoon winds.
  • The monsoon showers boost plant growth, so pruning and trimming pre-monsoon is a great idea to achieve a bushy growth on your plants.
  • Use vermicompost to help aerate the soil and also increase the nutrition for the plant and boost growth
  • Weeds thrive during monsoons and they suck the vital nutrients meant for your plants. Ensure that you pluck the weeds out young when it’s easier.

 

Seasonal flowering annuals are quick growing herbaceous plants which complete their life cycle in one season i.e. 3-6 months. They tend to produce some of the most beautiful, attractive, colourful flowers while they last. These are perfect for outdoor flower beds & pots kept in sunny spots. All these plants are grown by seed sowing only. Monsoon is a perfect growing season to grow many of these flowering species.

Following are top 10 rainy season annuals for India:

1. Balsam:

The plants are 20-60 cm tall, bearing double or single flowers with varying colours such as Rose, Red, Violet, pink, blue, white. Buy Balsam flower seeds online.

Balsam- monsoon flower in India

2. Marigold

These are one of the easiest to cultivate due to their wide adaptability. The plants with their attractive yellow-orange flowers bloom for long period. Buy marigold flower seeds online.

Marigold- Monsoon Flower

3. Cosmos:

A delightful annual, the plant is 50-120 cm tall and bears Rose, Pink, Crimson, Purple & white large flowers with yellow centre on long stalks. Buy Cosmos Mix Seeds online.

Cosmos monsoon flower

4. Sunflower:

The giant, common yellow sunflower is a course looking plant with rough textured leaves. Buy Sunflower Seeds Online.

Sunflower- annual monsoon flower

5. Zinnia:

A popular garden annual various in height from very dwarf to tall types. Flowers are of different forms and various colours such as Pink, Orange, white, Crimson, Purple, golden yellow etc. Buy zinnia flower seeds online.

zinnia monsoon flowering plant

6. Cleome:

(Spider plant): A tall spiny plant with large clusters of flowers with long prominent stamens. The flowers are scented & may be pink, light purple, rose or white in colour. Buy Cleome flower seeds online.
Cleome annual flowering plant

7. Salvia:

The plants may be tall or dwarf and bushy. Tubular bright scarlet flowers are born above foliage on top. Buy Salvia Red Flower Seeds online.

Salvia red monsoon flowering plant

8. Portulaca:

Low growing trailing annual with fleshy leaves & single or double flowers. The flower colours are brilliant & available in shades of white, purple, yellow, scarlet, crimson & orange. Buy Portulaca flower seeds online.

Portulaca flower

9. Ageratum:

Plant suitable for flower beds, borders or rockeries. The branches are covered with fluffy heads of pale lavender flowers. Buy Ageratum flower seeds online

Ageratum annual flowering plant

10. Cocks comb:

A very popular and easy to grow branching annual. It produces feathery flower spikes in a pyramidal fashion resembling Ostrich-plumes, in various colours of golden yellow, silver red & orange.

Cock's Comb

Happy Monsoon Gardening!!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Which flowers bloom in monsoon?

Some flowers the bloom all year round in India are

  • Rose
  • Bougainvillea
  • Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis.
  • Ixora
  • Lantana
  • Adenium
  • Kalanchoe

 

  1. What plants grow in monsoon?

Some of the easiest to grow in monsoon are Cucumber, Tomato, Radish, Beans, Green Chillies, Brinjal, and Okra amongst many.

  1. What flowers are native to India?

Some of the most common and easiest to grow native flowers are Orchids, Rhododendrons, Musk Rose, Begonia, Balsam, Globe Amaranth, Gloriosa Lily, Foxtail Lily, Primula, Blue Poppy, Lotus, Clematis, and marigold amongst many other.

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