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Friday, 18 September 2015


Dianthus is an annual flowering plant which can be grown in our garden very easily. Its small flowers are beautiful and attractive. It comes in various colors i.e., red, pink, purple, white etc. Most varieties bloom continuously during summer except extreme heat.
Dianthus does not need much attention. It can be grown in beds, containers or hanging baskets.

Dianthus is propagated by seeds. Seeds can be sown directly in garden or in raised beds/containers for transplanting. If you prefer flower bed, transplant seedlings of two or three leaves at a spacing of 20x20cm in beds.

Dianthus grows and blooms well in full sun and well drained rich soil. As basal manure a layer of Neem cake may be applied at the time of planting.

Watering at least twice or thrice in a week is necessary during dry period. Keep the bed always weed free for better growth and blooming.

Remove spent blooms to induce fresh blooms and keep good appearance.

Thursday, 10 September 2015


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This ornamental Palm is suitable for indoor planting. It can be grown as outdoor plant as well. The leaves of the palm has 5 to 7 tapering segments like the fingers of a lady and hence the name “ladies Finger Palm”. The grown plants produces side shoots and forms a clump. It grows up to 2 meters high. The palms can be grown in pots as well as ground.

Regular irrigation and cleaning base is inevitable. Off shoots rhizomes are used for propagation. Seeds can also be used for multiplication.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Ruffled Fan Palm

The scientific name of this palm is Licuala grandis. This ornamental palm is widely grown in home gardens. The attractive stunning dark green ruffled leaves are the special feature of this palm. The leaves are circular in 20- 30 inches diameter and stalks of leaves are short and greenish. This is a slow growing palm. Though it can grow up to 10 feet high, usually it grows up to 5 feet. It might have 15 to 20 leaves when it is 4 feet high.

This palm is mostly suitable for outdoor garden. It can be grown in indoor also. It grows best in partial shady areas. The areas having direct sun light and wind must be avoided for planting. Regular watering is essential in summer. Excessive watering in periods other than summer causes abnormal growing and the palms become unattractive.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Red Palm

This ornamental palm is widely used in small home gardens. This palm is also called as Red sealing wax palm and Lipstick palm. The attractive red color of its leaf stalks and feather like leaves are added features of this palm. This palm is grown as clusters not as single. This is grown more than ten meters high. So this can be planted as hedge plants in garden or centre plant in lawns.   To maintain the palm beautiful regular thinning and cleaning of clusters is necessary. Newly emerging suckers and seeds are used for propagation. Suckers are better for quick establishment of plants.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Ornamental Palms-Beauty spots of gardens

Today, in every small garden we can see that one or two ornamental palms are grown .They give good appearance to the small gardens. Many ornamental plants are available today. Some are suitable for planting as border row and some are suitable for planting in centre of gardens. Some varieties can also be grown in pots, over years. These pots can be placed along path ways or other suitable points of garden.

Selection of suitable varieties of Palm is very important. The right varieties have to be chosen according to our garden. Royal palm, Washington palm, Fox tail palm etc are grown singly in the centre of garden or as a row as border trees. Red, Yellow, Bismarkia, Latana, Bottle, Champagne varieties can be maintained in the centre of grass lawns. Yellow palm, Licola palm, Red palm, phoenix palm etc can be maintained in pots as well.

Ornamental palms are more or less single flowering plants. They take many years to attain their full size and maturity. So they maintain the garden beautiful for a long time.

Ornamental palms are less expensive comparing to other garden plants. They do not need much care except watering. They keep the garden cool as well as beautiful.