How to grow Rajnigandha at home

Rajnigandha factory

Rajnigandha (tuberose) is prized for its attractive, elongated white flowers and sweet, soothing fragrance. These flowers bloom only at night, unlike most flowers, hence their name, Rajnigandha, which roughly translates to “scented at night.”

These flowers, which are widely used in India for decorations and auspicious events like pujas and weddings, are believed to have originated in Mexico and were brought to India by early Portuguese settlers.

Depending on the number of rows of petals it contains, the perennial rajnigandha has four different types.

Cultivating Rajnigandha at home

Gather the bulbs to plant

Rajnigandha bulbs grow abundantly underground and are therefore widely available. From a nursery or someone who is already growing them, you can harvest a few high quality bulbs.

Needs bright sunshine

Finding a spot in the yard or balcony that gets enough direct sunlight for at least five to six hours a day is crucial, as these are sun-loving plants.

Well-drained soil and container

Make sure the soil or container drains well before planting the bulbs, whether in the ground or in a pot. He adds that any pot over eight inches would be ideal for planting rajnigandha, warning that failure to do so could lead to stagnant water and rotting bulbs.

The ideal potting mix

You can also do a potting soil by mixing coco peat, red soil and compost in a 2:1:1 ratio. Almost all garden plants, especially flowering plants, react favorably to this mixture. Animal manure, such as cow dung, can also be used instead of compost, Sriram adds.

Plant it correctly

Be sure to leave enough space between each bulb when planting rajnigandha so they can all receive the nutrition they need to grow healthily.

Avoid overwatering

Water the soil well after planting the bulbs to ensure it is moist enough for the plants to germinate. When it begins to grow, water it only when the soil seems dry.

This is so because these plants are bulb plants, which have internal water storage. After determining the level of soil moisture, water the plant. Be careful not to water it too much. Gardeners advise watering once or twice a week; if it rains, it is not necessary to water.

Eliminate pests

The only defense against harmful like snails or slugs is to remove them from the area by hand if they attack.

Rajnigandha should be planted between the months of March and September. The absence of heat and sun during the winter causes it to remain dormant.

The plant needs 90-120 days to flower. It will continue to flower continuously for up to three to four months once it begins to flower.

Propagated bulbs remain alive at the end of the flowering season even when the leaves and shoots are dry. These bulbs can be collected, cleaned and stored for use the following season.

First published on: August 02, 2022, 04:28 IST