15Oct/21

Fiddle leaf fig varieties | Ficus Lyrata and Bambino variety

Difference between Fiddle Leaf Fig and Fiddle Leaf Fig “Bambino”

There exist two varieties of FLF, the normal variety that is fast in growth and irregular in shape, and the smaller brother which is known as FLF “bambino” which is slower in growth and comes out in compact form generally in a straight manner.

the maximum height that FLF can reach is up to 5-10 feet unlike its smaller brother ( the bambino variety) which can grow till 2-5 feet.

If you are a passionate Plant Parent then don’t miss the chance of adding any one of the cool variety of FLF’s.

FIDDLE LEAF FIG

Ficus Lyrata is a wonderful and incredibly rewarding plant to grow indoors. Buy Ficus Lyrata | Fiddle Leaf Fig (Big) Plant - Nursery NisargaThey make beautiful corner plants and large indoor “trees” for entryways and foyers.

with large glossy leaf span, this variety is highly popular among the plant parent community.

 

 

 

 

 

FIDDLE LEAF FIG BAMBINO

Fiddle Leaf Fig Bambino is an exotic compact variety of the most famous Fiddle Leaf Fig (FLF), this particular variety is widely popular in modern home decor purposes,

making it the first choice in the plant parents community.

Ficus-Lyrata-bambino

       fiddle leaf fig bambino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to differentiate?

It’s fairly easy to point out Fiddle leaf fig’s from other indoor plants varieties. FLF’s have characteristic wide, rough-textured, glossy thick leaves with the unique thin trunky stem.

when it comes to differentiating between “bambino” and “non-bambino” variety the main differentiating factor is the compactness of the leaves and the size and shape of leaf, the bambino variety has compact leaf growth closer to the main trunk, and the leaf size of the bambino variety is fairly smaller in dwarf as compared to the “non bambino ” variety.

 

 

Care Guide📚:

Sunlight🔆: Generally grows best in bright indirect sunlight, this plant will love to receive morning sunlight. your North-facing window will work absolutely great for this lovely plant.

Water💧: Keep steadily moist, but don’t allow it to sit in water or it will drop leaves and suffer from root rot.

Soil: Any good, fast-draining potting soil will likely do.

Fertilizer: These are heavy feeders and need plenty of fertilizer throughout the growing season, start fertilizing once a month and in small quantities, and gradually increase the quantity in subsequent months, observe the change in plant health if it  gets better. (secret:?(•_•) over-fertilizing might kill your plant so start fertilizing in small quantity)

Propagation
Ficus Lyrata can be relatively easily rooted from cuttings, even without rooting hormone. It’s best to take a cutting in the spring when you can more easily supply warmth and moisture. Ficus is rarely grown from seed and most indoor plants will never fruit or yield seed.

Repotting
Don’t miss the chance of having your hands dirty with this one, FLF doesn’t like to be root bound, repot the plant as soon as you feel that the plant growth is slowing down or if the roots become visible outside the pot. and use good quality soil mix while repotting.

Grower’s Tips
Ficus Lyrata is a wonderful and incredibly rewarding plant to grow indoors. They make beautiful corner plants and large indoor “trees” for entryways and foyers.

Ficus is one of the most popular houseplants in the world. Known as the weeping fig, the F. Benjamina is native to India and Southeast Asia, where its an important fruit and landscape plant. One of the common complaints about F. Benjamina is its tendency to shed leaves easily: you move it, it drops leaves; the watering schedule changes, it drops leaves. It might help to know that part of this is because of the way these plants have evolved. F. Benjamina are native to the subtropics and tropics where there is a distinct wet and dry season. In their native environment, plants typically drop leaves at the beginning of the dry season, making them exquisitely sensitive to changes in moisture. In terms of indoor culture, they are not especially demanding, but dislike being moved and, as mentioned before, they are highly sensitive to changes in watering.

Plant Care

Light Tip

Light

Thrives in bright medium to high indirect sunlight. A few hours of morning full sun is preferred.

Water Tip

Water

Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Increase frequency with increased light.

Plant Tip

Plant Tip

shake the stem of this plant gently and it will strengthen the roots and promote new growth.

 

 

12Oct/21
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Getting Started With CALATHEA’S- A beginners guide |

Everything you need to know to begin your journey with CALATHEA’S


Calatheas are some of the most hard to resist indoor plants. Calathea plants are popular as indoor plants. They can be planted in a variety of planters and locations. This means they can be placed in a variety of locations which makes them perfect for indoor plants. calatheas features unique and Gorgeous Attractive leaves and mostly every calathea produces tiny cute blooms. But, ohh Boy! keeping the calatheas happy is a skill that we think every plant parent must know.

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Buy Calathea Rattlesnake, Calathea lancifolia online – Nursery Nisarga,

 


Some most popular varieties of Calathea


 Care guide📚:

☀️Light-

Calathea prefers medium to the high indirect sun. Not suited for intense, direct sunlight. Long contact with direct sunlight might scorch its leaves .but can tolerate low indirect light.

💧Water-

Regulated watering is the key for healthy calathea, Calatheas prefer all time moist soil but are not too sluggish. Slight higher humidity is what it appreciates the most.
Water every 1-2 times a week. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.

This plant suits well with filtered water.

👓Fun Fact-

Calatheas features the nastic movement of leaves. They move their leaves from day to night depending on the sunlight pattern. some people relate this phenomenon to sleeping.

☹️Sad Plant Signs-

🚫Leaves turning brown and crispy at the edges:
Thirsty plant, underwatered, or high salt build-up.

🚫Wilting plant, dry potting mix, droopy leaves: Underwatered, or pot-bound

🚫Yellowing leaves or black stems, wet potting mix:
Overwatered


For any suggestions, queries, complaints, etc, Please contact us.

27Nov/20

How Technology is helping to reverse climate change and protect biodiversity?

Climate change and loss of biodiversity are one of the major concerns of today’s world. We are living through a period of rapid change. At the same time as exciting global developments in emerging technology are redefining how we live, work and play, megatrends such as climate change and resource scarcity, rapid urbanization, and economic inequality mean new approaches to problem-solving are urgently needed. With the help of technological advancement, we can reverse the climatic changes and restore our environment.

Technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), internet of things (IoT), electric vehicles, Hyperloop, Environmental sensors, solar glass, Deep learning, and many super cool gadgets can help to reverse the climatic change

AI for the environment:

In different parts of the world researchers and several NGOs are facing challenges to develop a solution for climate changes and protection of biodiversity, with the help of artificial intelligence and deep learning now it is possible to collect, process, and analyze data with a rapid increase which helps to track the information of species. Each and every species are very crucial for our environment to make the balance in the ecosystem, extinction of one species affects other species as well. With the help of AI and Deep Learning, we can predict environmental threats and learn to utilize fewer resources to generate more food. Programs like AI for Earth supports organizations that are applying AI to environmental challenges, by helping them harness the full power of cloud computing.

Artificial leaf:

Since the early 1970s, scientists have been on a quest to develop a technology that could create liquid fuels out of carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight far more efficiently than photosynthesis, the process by which plants harness sunlight to produce carbohydrates and store energy. They call it the artificial leaf. A commercially viable artificial leaf would solve several of the trickiest challenges in clean energy. It would create a way to directly and affordably store solar energy while producing a carbon-neutral fuel that could transform the transportation sector, even offering a way to make long-distance air travel environmentally sustainable.

Because of the increase in the level of CO2 and other harmful gases our earth’s temperature is increasing, and this is called the greenhouse effect their levels are higher now than at any time in the last 800,000 years. Glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, forests are dying, and wildlife is scrambling to keep pace. It has become clear that humans have caused most of the past century’s warming by releasing heat-trapping gases as we power our modern lives. There is an urgent need of planting more and more trees which helps in reducing CO2, scientist came up with this artificial leaf idea which converts the CO2 from the atmosphere into energy, it can help to reduce the amount of CO2 rapidly.

Hyperloops:

Hyperloops is the fastest way to cross the surface of the earth, hyperloop represents the greatest leap in transport infrastructure for a generation. With passengers sitting inside it can travel at airways speed through pressurized tubes using electric propulsion and magnetic alleviation, it drastically decreases the traveling time between cities from several hours to a matter of minutes. This technology is a revolutionary idea which can help in saving our precious resources and lead a life towards sustainable development.

Drones for Planting:

Ten drones, operated by two operators, can plant 400,000 trees a day. The drones work by flying across a specified area, collecting data about soil conditions, and determining the prime locations for planting. They then fire biodegradable pods, filled with a germinated seed and nutrients, into the ground. Drones can help in restoring the forests.

Technology can help in saving our nature, it is also helping us to work smarter,  giving us better ways to analyze data, improve workflow, streamline supply chains,  identify problems faster, improve production processes, and more. Less waste in the system means more sustainable practices all around. 

 

 

15Aug/20

Happy Independence Day

This Independence Day: Plant a Tree

india

 It is 15th August, 74 years of India’s independence from the Britishers. The whole nation is celebrating India’s freedom and the sacrifices that our freedom fighters made to give us this day. But, with all this celebration, each one of us must ask ourselves that are we truly independent? We need to ask that though we are free from the British rule, but are we not still struggling with certain issues that dominate our lives?

Environmental Problems

co2

Today, we are struggling with pollution, space, biodiversity loss, land degradation, deforestation, etc. All these environmental issues have surrounded our country and are having the worst effects on the lives of people in the forms of various diseases and disasters. Animals are losing their homes and ultimately it is leading to their extinction. Due to the high growth of urbanization, people are expanding their habitats by cutting down trees and forests. People living in cities are more prone towards getting sick and living with long-term diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer, cardiovascular disorders, etc. Apart from physical health, the absence of trees and fresh air also causes various psychological disorders as well. It leads to increased stress and anxiety, diminishes interpersonal relationships due to an effect on the emotional states of the individual. It also creates feelings of helplessness and hopelessness in a person, and so on.

Importance of Trees

trees

Plants and trees help in producing oxygen, storing carbon and giving life to wildlife. Trees trap dust and absorb harmful pollutants and provide us with fresh air to breathe in. On an average, one tree produces over 260 pounds of oxygen each year. Imagine, planting a dozen trees! It will definitely help in restoring our environment and maintain a proper balance of the ecosystem. Trees also help in reducing stress and anxiety; it makes an individual more calm and relaxed and also creates a positive aura around the person.

Conclusion

Therefore, it has become essential to plant more and more trees and plants in our environment so that we can cope with these issues and get free from all the physical and mental health hazards that are ruining our lives. Today, environment is the biggest issue that we are facing and instead of getting free from it, we are getting consumed by it. Planting trees in our small little ways in our homes and gardens will definitely have an impact on the environment and will thus, lead towards India’s liberation from environmental issues.

So, this independence day, do something for your country. Get involved in making India a country full of greenery and free of all diseases caused by environmental pollution. Take action, plant a tree!

27Jun/20
Annual flower for home

Plants which bloom annual flowering

 Do you want to make your garden always full of flowers which looks attractive, beautiful, and refreshing throughout the year?

Here are the following plants which give beautiful flowers throughout the year and are perfect for any landscape and gardening. By planting these plants you will never be running out of flowers, they look so beautiful, graceful, and elegant that every gardener wishes to have these plants in their garden.

                                                        HIBISCUS

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Hibiscus is a very hardy, versatile plant and in tropical conditions, it can enhance the beauty of any garden. This is a perennial and flowers throughout the year, as this comes in a variety of colors, it is a plant that can add vibrancy to any garden. Hibiscus is often used as landscape shrubs and used to attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds.

                                                              JASMINE

Jasmine

Jasmine is known for its fragrance, it looks graceful and its flowers resemble a silver pearl spreads around the dark green leafy texture. This plant increases the beauty of any garden and Jasmine’s scent is thought to be calming and soothing. Sometimes it is also known by the name motiyaa or mograa.

                                                  CATHARANTHUS ROSEUS

It is an ornamental plant appreciated for its hardness in dry and nutritionally deficient conditions, it is noted for its long flowering period, throughout the year in tropical conditions from spring to late autumn, in warm temperature climates, it comes in a variety of colours such as white, mauve, peach, scarlet and reddish-orange. It is also known as Sadabahar(gives flowers throughout the year).

 

                                                             IXORA

Ixora flower plant

This plant possesses leathery leaves, ranging from 3 to 6 inches in length, and produces large clusters of tiny flowers. Ixora varieties offer a nice selection of flower colors including bright red, orange, yellow, pink, and white, they emerge like puffballs from the evergreen leaves. It flowers throughout the year, each flower cluster can last 6 to 8 weeks giving a landscape long-lasting and lovely color. Ixora loves sunshine and should be kept outside.

EUPHORBIA MILII

Euphorbia milii, the crown of thorns, christ plant, or christ thorn is a species of a flowering plant. It is a succulent subshrub or shrub growing to 1.8m tall, with densely spiny stems. The flowers are small, subtended by a pair of conspicuous petal-like bracts, variably red, pink, or white. It looks elegant suitable for both indoors and outdoor gardening.

                                                        ALLAMANDA

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Allamanda is a genus of flowering plants. It is an ornamental plant cultivated for their large, colorful flowers. Most species produce yellow flowers; The flower has five lobed sepals and a bell- or funnel-shaped corolla of five petals. They like sunny areas with adequate rainfall. The leaves are opposite or arranged in whorls of up to 5. The blades are generally oval and smooth-edged, and some are leathery or lightly hairy.

 

ROSA MOSCHATA

desi gulab

Rosa moschata, the musk rose, is a species of rose which has been long in cultivation. Its wild origins are uncertain but are suspected to lie in the western Himalayas. This is about 2-3 inches wide and has a delicate and sweet smell, its aroma has a soothing effect on the body and the mind, they are often used in making cosmetics.

08Jun/20
Ayurvedic herbs for improvement of immunity

Medicinal plants for Immunity

Welcome to Nursery Nisarga.

Keeping our immune system healthy and fit is one of the top priorities. Our Nature provided us some of the astonishing plants, which help us to build our immunity. Here are some of the amazing plants that can help in boosting your immunity.

TULSI :(HOLY BASIL)

Rama Tulsi with plastic Pot

Scientific name:Ocimum tenuiflorum

Tulsi is the “queen of herbs” because of its healing powers.It is the medicinal plant and has been used in Ayurvedic and Siddha practices more than 3000 years, this ancient herb is known to have a huge significance in the Indian culture. It is native to the Indian subcontinent.

It has been known to treat many different common health conditions such as common cold, lowers blood pressure, helps in respiratory disease, used as an antiseptic, analgesic, and has antioxidant properties.

 

 

GILOY:

Scientific nameTinospora cordifolia

Giloy is the herb that is used in Ayurveda practices for centuries. In Sanskrit, it is known as ‘Amrita’ which means ‘the root of immortality’ because of its abundant medical properties. Some of the benefits of giloy are: Boost immunity, treat chronic fever, improves digestion, treats diabetes, reduces stress and anxiety, fights respiratory problems, treats arthritis, reduces asthmatic symptoms,  improves vision, reduces signs of aging. Giloy is a natural herbal remedy for most of the common health problems.

 

 

Ashwagandha:

Ashwagandh plant, Withania Somnifera

Scientific nameWithania somnifera

Withania somnifera is a plant from the nightshade family native to the Indian subcontinent. It is more commonly known as ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, or winter cherry. It is the small shrub, with small pale green flower with red berries.

Ashwagandha has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years, in Sanskrit the word Ashwagandha means “smell of horses” (Ashwa-horse and Gandha-smell), it has a distinct smell, described as horse-like. This shrub has many healing medicinal properties. Some of the health benefits of Ashwagandha are: reduces blood sugar levels, Anti-carcinogenic , Improves heart health, boosts immunity, reduces cortisol levels and stress, helps in muscle building.

 

 

 

Aloe Vera:

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a succulent plant species. It is an evergreen perennial, it originates from the Arabian Peninsula but grows wild in the tropical and semi-tropical regions around the world. It is mainly cultivated for medicinal uses and the most widely used herbal remedies for skin conditions. This is because the gel-like components of the plant are known to heal the skin from a variety of minor ailments.

Aloe Vera is packed full of immune-boosting polysaccharides which help the immune system to behave properly. Aloe vera juice helps in so many ways to increase immunity in the immune system.

 

 

 

Amla:

goose berry

Scientific namePhyllanthus Emblica

It is a medium-sized deciduous tree belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae, commonly known as Indian gooseberryemblic myrobalans, and Amla (in Hindi). Amla is an excellent source of vitamin c, hence it helps to boost immunity, metabolism and prevents viral and bacterial ailments, including cold and cough. It is the main ingredient in Chawanprash, an Ayurvedic concoction to boost the immune system.

 

 

NEEM:

Neem Plant

Scientific nameAzadirachta indica

Neem belongs to the mahogany family Meliaceae and is native to the Indian subcontinent. It is typically grown in tropical and semi-tropical regions. Neem is known for its pesticidal and insecticidal properties, but people also use it in hair and dental products. It possesses both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that help keep your skin clean, radiant, and healthy. Neem also has blood-purifying properties and          makes immune system strong and healthy.

 

 

01Jun/20
Best indoor plant for home, office, living room

Best plants for small space gardening for Home, Office

Hello there! Welcome to Nursery Nisarga.

Are you looking for plants that you can use to decor your place and occupy less space as well as purify the air? So here is the list of some of the plant, they are tolerant to dim sunlight and don’t need any special attention, you just need to sprinkle some water in a week or whenever you feel like that upper layer of soil gets dry. Caring for these plants is very straight forward, so let’s get started.

Sanseveria cylindrica:

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It is also known as a cylindrical snake plant and its shape is similar to star half embedded in the soil. They are up to 3 cm diameter and can grow up to 2m above the soil. It can tolerant of low light and irregular watering, it is one of  NASA’s recommended plants that purify the air and removes harmful chemicals. It is one of the few plants which also removes carbon dioxide and produces oxygen during the night.

 

Echeveria Black Prince (Vishnu Kamal):

succulent

It is an evergreen succulent, it can grow 3 inches across packed with fleshy, pointed, nearly black leaves that surround a glowing green centre. In winter, it sends up leafy stems topped with remarkable clusters of little flowers. Leaves will first be green and darkens as they mature. Dark red flowers appear on short stalks in early winter. This plant looks fascinating.

 

Syngonium mini:

best little indoor plant

It is an indoor ornamental miniature plant, featuring heart-shaped leaves with silver-green variegation. It is easy to care for plant that is well adapted to the indoor environment. As a young plant its leaves grow as a heart-shaped, then gradually becomes arrow-head shaped as it matures. Its dark green leaves have silvery white, green, or pink cream variegation, making this a decorative and popular house plant. They do not like exposure to direct sunlight.

 

Scouring rush Horsetail:

water bamboo live plant

water bamboo

Also known as rough horsetail, in south Africa generally recognized as a snake grass. It looks like bamboo, but the stems are skinny like tall grass. They can grow up to 4 inches to 3 feet.

 

Snake plant:

Snake plant is one of the most popular and hardy species of household plants. These species have a wide variety. Snake plant care is very straight forward. They can survive low light levels and drought.NASA’s research has even shown that the snake plants can keep the air inside your house clean, removing toxins such as formaldehyde, and benzene. In short, they are the perfect household plant.

There are around 70 different species of snake plants. They are all evergreen and can grow anywhere from 8 inches to 12 feet high.

Some of the varieties which are my favourite are:

Sansevieria ‘Golden Hahnii’-

 

This species has short leaves with yellow borders.

 

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Golden’-

snake plant

Its leaves have dark green centres that are surrounded by yellow to gold edges.

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Futura Robusta’-

Dwarf Snake Plant Red Pot

This is the shortest variety. The leaves are silvery-green with the dark green stripe.

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Futura Superba’-

Futura Superba snake plant looks just like the smaller version of the black gold type but it has wider leaves and is short in height.

 Snake plants are very easy to care for plants and look so attractive makes them a perfect indoor plant.

 

I hope this blog helps you to choose your favourite easy to care small size indoor plant.

14Sep/19
A guide for Terrace Gardening by Nursery Nisarga in Bhopal

Guide to Terrace Gardening

Terrace Gardening by Nursery Nisarga

As the name suggests, this type of gardening is done on the terrace. With our homes and cities expanding, there is not much space for growing plants and trees in wide-open grounds and so to add some greenery and fresh air to your lives, you can go for terrace gardening. It is best for people living in apartments and complexes as they do not have any access to open spaces or a backyard. ll

Space

The first step in every type of gardening is to determine the space that you would use to grow the plants. So first, you must determine which space you would use to do gardening. Do you want to use a specific corner, a complete row on one side, the middle of the terrace or use the complete terrace for gardening? It is essential to choose a particular space as only then can you determine the layout and the look that you wish to give your garden. You must also consider the amount of sunlight the area would be exposed to.

Layout

The next step is to determine the layout that you want to give your garden. If you wish to use the terrace wall, then you can plant trees and plants using the vertical space. I have mentioned how to use vertical space in the previous blog. You can use raised beds adjacent to the terrace to plant trees. You can create raised beds with metal, woods or bricks. You can also use an old car or truck tires as raised beds.  This adds a unique look to your terrace garden. If you are using the complete terrace, then you can create a seating area in the middle and surround the area by planting a variety of trees and plants and give it an enchanting look.

Types of Containers

You can use a variety of containers in your terrace garden to give it a unique look. You can use planters, plastic bottles, wooden crates, earthen pots and cement pots. If you are using your wall to grow plants, then you may use hanging pots. Apart from these, you can use various recycled containers such as bamboo baskets, paint boxes, coconut shells, etc. Whatever container you use, make sure to put small drainage holes in them so that no extra water remains in it.

Plant Variety

To give an exotic look to your garden, you can plant a variety of trees and plants. You can plant shrubs, vines, dwarf plants, tall trees, vegetables, herbs, flowering plants, etc. If you wish to have a vegetable garden, then you can plant a variety of vegetables such as tomatoes, turnips, carrots, chilli, spinach, etc. For herbs, you can grow cilantro, mint, lavender, etc. Also, add colour to your garden by planting a variety of colourful plants and trees.

Garden Shades and Cover

Some plants cannot take excessive sunlight and even excessive rain as it can damage the plants and trees. To protect your plants and trees from scorching heat and excessive rain, you can use garden shades or covers. You can install shades that are light weighted and have UV protection. If your budget is a little low, then you can use mosquito nets as a cover or you can plant bamboos so that the sunlight does not hit the plants that require protection.

Garden Decoratives

You can turn your terrace garden into an enchanting place by using some decoratives in it. Place some furniture in your garden where you can sit and enjoy your morning and evening tea. You can put some antic statues in your garden. For the terrace floor, you can use artificial green carpet or rug that would look like a real lawn. Use lighting to light up your garden when it gets dark. It is essential so that you may roam or sit in your garden even at night. Also, lights highlight your plants and decoratives that you may use in your garden.

If you have a high budget, then you may put a fountain in between the terrace. If you love to throw parties, then you may put a fire pit in one corner of the terrace garden. You may also put swings, benches, gazebos, and pergolas.

Garden Maintenance

You must attend to your garden once in a while. To maintain your garden, engage in regularly pruning the plants and trees, check for any drainage problems in the containers, regularly change the soil by adding more nutrients to it. In case your plants get affected by pests or bugs, then use pesticides, etc. To protect your plants from birds or squirrels, you can put nylon wires on them. Thus, it is not very difficult to maintain your garden if you regularly attend to it.

Conclusion

So, if you are living in a city where space and fresh air is a problem, you may always go for terrace gardening. Terrace gardening makes you feel relaxed and provide you with fresh air to breathe in. Apart from that, it makes your home much cooler and also reduces heat absorption by buildings. And, with your own vegetable and herb garden, you can always get fresh veggies to cook and eat and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is easy, refreshing and it definitely makes your terrace look beautiful. So, what are you waiting for? Start your own terrace garden with this guide and enjoy a healthy and soothing environment in your own home.

 

 

 

07Sep/19
How to do Vertical Gardening

How to do Vertical Gardening?

Vertical Gardening

Have you recently heard about vertical gardening? Are you looking forward to creating your own vertical garden but are not sure how exactly it is done? Vertical gardening is the growing of plants (herbs, flowers, climbers, etc.) in a vertical space. This type of gardening is very useful for small spaces as it does not require much space. They are easy to maintain, easy to harvest and look beautiful, enhancing your garden wall and ultimately your complete garden. So, here is your guide to do vertical gardening on your own.

Choose a wall

The first thing you must do is to choose a wall that is suitable for you. While choosing a wall you may consider a few things. You may choose a wall that looks ugly and growing plants on such a wall will definitely cover it and make it beautiful. Choosing a wall also depends upon the type of plants that you would grow. If you are doing exterior gardening, then according to the plants you must consider factors such as the amount of sunlight the wall is exposed to so that it is suitable for your plants.

Choose the plants

The next thing to do is to choose the plants you want to grow. You can grow any type of plants in your vertical garden that you want. You can grow herbs, vegetables, flowers, shrubs, ferns, etc. Choose the plants that would suit the environment that you would place it in. For, exterior vertical gardening, you could use both all – shade and all – sun plants for variety.

If you wish to grow shady vines then you may include: Hardy kiwi, Dutchman’s pipe, climbing hydrangea, etc. Flowering vines such as: Cardinal climber, Cypress vine, Hyacinth bean, Moonflower, etc. Other vines such as: Virginia Creeper, Clematis, Honeysuckle, Trumpet vine, Morning Glory, Black-eyed Susan, etc.

For ferns, you may include: Boston fern, Pothos, Staghorn fern, English Ivy, Petunias, Verbena (Canadian vervain), etc.

In herbs, you have Chives, Basil, Mint, Sage, Parsley, Cilantro, Lavender, Thyme, Rosemary, etc.

In vegetables, you may include: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Tomatoes, Pepper, Carrots, Turnip, Lettuce, Spinach, etc.

For ornamental plants, you can grow Geranium varieties (deep red, scarlet, purple, etc.), Peace lily, Star jasmine, etc.

 

Structure for Vertical gardening

The next thing you must decide is the type of structure that you want for your vertical gardening. You can choose from a wide variety of structures such as: trellises, obelisks, arbor, hanging pots, gutter system, tray herb garden, tower gardens, bottle garden, florafelt system, succulent gardens, etc.

 

  • Trellis: It is an outdoor garden frame made up of wood, bamboo or metal and is used to support climbing plants. It helps to partition a common area. It adds more growing area for small gardens and makes it more attractive to look at. While using a trellis, you must make sure that there is even space between the trellis and the wall for proper air circulation.
  • Hanging Pots: You can create your garden by using hanging pots on the wall. The pots must be full of organic soil and with drainage holes in it.
  • Gutter System: In the gutter system, a long container is used to plant your plants in rows, a single container in a single row which looks like a gutter. You can plant a variety of different plants or similar plants in a single container. They are not attached to the wall but you can create frames to put the containers on it. To make the frame, you can use rain gutter with end caps and supports that can be attached to a wall to attach the gutters together and then hang them.
  • Tray Herb Garden: In this structure, the herbs are grown in trays attached to the wall. You can get the trays from the market or create your own with wood, plastic container, etc.
  • Tower garden: It is a vertical tower structure that allows you to grow plants using one unit. The system is so formed that it relies upon a small pump drip irrigation and perforated cap to dip the mineral solution over the plant roots. Thus, it does not require soil but uses only water for its growth.
  • Bottle garden: As the name suggests, in this structure the plants are grown in bottle containers. You can use recycled bottles as containers or glass bottles. The bottle containers are hanged with the help of strings on walls. This takes up less space and gives a unique look to your garden. And as the bottle containers can be small, it is best when you want to grow herbs.

 

Irrigation System

As vertical gardening is different from other types of gardening using walls as a surface to grow plants, it is best to keep the containers moisturized by using an irrigation system as they are more compact and use less soil. You can put drip irrigation with timers that easily allow water to drip down to the containers in which the plants are placed. Timers in your irrigation system allows you to set the time for the water to flow depending upon the amount of water plants require according to their weather conditions. 

Maintenance

Now that your vertical garden is ready, it is important that you maintain it with good care and proper attention. So, to maintain your garden, frequently engage in activities such as pruning and weeding. Put a proper drainage system and keep in check that water does not get accumulated in one place due to clogged drainage. Keep in check any dead plants or any disease that may have affected your plant and take action accordingly. Do not over water the plants and make sure to provide them with proper nutrients as well.

Vertical gardening may seem a difficult task to do but it is not as difficult as it seems. With proper guidance and by following the steps mentioned above, you can easily create your own vertical garden and if you still need assistance, you can always get it from the various gardening suppliers who provide such services.

09Aug/19
The art of creating Bonsai

The Art of Creating a Bonsai

The Art of Creating a Bonsai

 

Trees are an essential part of our lives. It not only does sustains ecosystem, provides oxygen, stabilize soil, provides shelter but it does much more. Trees have been proven to improve a person’s mental health and better their cognitive functioning. They are stress busters; they provide a positive aura to our surroundings and keep us happy and calm.

Bonsai originated over 1,000 years ago in China and is a very popular form of plantation. Bonsai comes from the Japanese word ‘bon’ meaning tray and ‘sai’ meaning planting; thus, it means tray planting. Bonsai is a cultivation technique where in living dwarf trees are grown in containers.

Growing a bonsai is not such a difficult task if done properly. So here is a guide of how you can grow and maintain a bonsai in your home or office.

Acquiring a tree

The first thing you need to do is acquire the perfect tree that suits all your criteria. This you can do by buying a readymade bonsai tree from a store or you may collect it from nature and cultivate it yourself which can be quite tricky if you are a beginner. So, to acquire a bonsai, you must first need to decide on whether you want the tree indoors or outdoors. If you wish to keep your bonsai indoors, then you have the options to buy from sub-tropical trees that can survive indoors and if you wish to grow it outside, then you can choose from non-tropical trees.

Getting the appropriate container

After acquiring a bonsai tree, the next step is to select the appropriate container that would perfectly sustain your bonsai tree. The containers can be made out of ceramic, concrete or plastic, but usually they are earthenware. It could be of any shape: round, rectangular, or lobed and it completely depends on you. The container must have one or more drainage holes at the bottom and wiring holes to keep the tree fixed to the pot.

Growing and cultivation

Now that you have got everything, you must carefully nurture and cultivate the bonsai tree. For this, you must replace the soil, feed and water the tree more often. You must adapt the technique of pruning, wherein you trim the leaves of trees and cut away dead or overgrown branches. Pruning is essential to shape the tree and keep it miniaturized. The next important technique is wiring and clamping the tree. In this, you wrap an anodized aluminum or copper around the branches of the tree to bend and shape them. Wiring and be applied all year, however, the best time is when the tree is young and healthy.

Proper maintenance

The last step is to properly care and maintain the bonsai tree. Though different tree species have different guidelines to be maintained, but some of the common guidelines that you can follow are as follows:

  • Watering: How often bonsai trees needs to be watered depends upon various factors, such as, species of tree, soil, climate, pot type and size, etc. Over-watering or lack of water can cause death of the tree. Therefore, you must choose the right soil mixture and do re-potting regularly.
  • Fertilization: The next essential thing is to fertilize your tree. Depending on the tree species you can fertilize the tree regularly with mixture of organic nutrients essential for the tree.

 

Thus, bonsai cultivation is an art that can be easily done if you follow all the above mentioned steps properly. With proper care, attention and a little patience, you can cultivate bonsai and also make it a lifelong hobby.