Nature is a priceless gift in this world. There is no substitute for its beauty and grace. It includes plants, trees, river, hillocks and many more. When it comes to plants there are a vast variety of plants. In my earlier blogs, I had discussed about Carnivorous plants, Parasites, Poisonous plants, Unique Flowering plants with an unusual appearance etc., Flowers are one amazing part of nature which enhances the elegance and beauty of nature. Today let us look into some Flowering plants which have the ability to beautify your garden.
a. Plant category: Flower.
b. Germination time: 7 to 10 days.
c. The temperature required: 12 °C to 21°C.
d. Harvest time: 80 to 120 days from germination.
Clarkias are annual flowering plants native to western North America and South America. Clarkia gets their name from a discoverer named William Clark. Clark discovered the plant on the Pacific Coast of North America and brought back specimens when he returned to his place. Clarkia is a winter season crop. It requires 12°C to 21°C. In this temperature, we can expect the better result. Clarkia requires good sunlight, so better to grow in outdoor. If you like to grow indoor place it where it can get good sunlight. Clarkia seeds will take 7 to 10 days to germinate from seeding. During the germination period, soil should be moist, so keep watering it frequently.
You can either germinate the seeds in a seedling tray and then transplant it to the soil or directly sow the seeds in the soil. You can grow them either in pots or directly in the ground. It is better to use a nutrient-rich potting mix instead of using normal soil. Use organic plant food and Fertilizers to provide required nutrients to the plants instead of chemical fertilizers. Powdery mildew and Bacterial leaf spot are the common diseases that affect clarkia. If your plant is affected by these diseases, treat them early with Neem oil which protects the plant and acts as an organic pesticide.
Daily watering in summer, two days once in the winter season and 3 days once in rainy season if rainwater does not flow to the plant is the ideal way to water Clarkia plants.
Clarkia will take 80 to 120 days to harvest from the seeding. Once the flowers start to open and bloom perpendicularly to the stalk, you can harvest them. You can pluck the Clarkia flowers directly from hand. But handle the plant gently while doing so. You can also cut the flowers from pruning secateurs safely, it will grow again.
a. Plant category: Flower.
b. Germination time: 20 to 25 days.
c. The temperature required: 20 °C to 28°C.
d. Harvest time: 80 to 100 days from germination.
Verbena is a purple colored small flower with five petals in each flower. It is a flower native to Asia and America. It can be easily grown at home using the seeds. Summer season is the best season to grow Verbena. The germination process will be good in this season. It requires a minimum of 20°C to 28°C to grow well. In this temperature, the plant gives a good yield. Verbena seeds will take 20 to 25 days to germinate from the seeds. During the germination period, soil should be moist, so keep watering it frequently. As Verbena is a summer season crop, it requires good sunlight for at least 5 to 6 hours. So it is better to grow in outdoor. If you are planning to grow indoor place it where it can get sufficient sunlight.
You can either sow the seeds in pots or directly sow in the ground. I suggest germinating them in a seedling tray and later transplant them to the pots or ground once they reach 2 to 3 inches in height. As soil plays a very important role in the growth of the plants, it is better suggested to use good potting soil that contains all the required nutrients. Use chemical free fertilizer to get a healthy yield. Blight, Powdery Mildew and Root Rot are the common diseases that affect Verbena. So use Neem oil which protects the plant and acts as an organic pesticide.
As Verbena is a summer season crop, it does not require much watering. Watering once in 2 to 3 days during summer, once in 4 days during winter and the rainy season would be enough.
Verbena flowers start to bloom after 80 to 100 days of germination provided it depends on the factors like water, sunlight and type of soil. Some varieties have stems long enough for cutting. As flowers fade, snip them off with scissors to keep the plants looking neat. You can pluck the Verbena flowers directly from hand. But handle the plant gently while doing so. You can also cut the flowers from pruning secateurs safely, it will grow again.
a. Plant category: Flower.
b. Germination time: 10 to 20 days.
c. The temperature required: 20 °C to 25°C.
d. Harvest time: 100 to 120 days from germination.
Phlox are perennials and one of the beautiful flower among wildflowers. These plants produce star-shaped, colorful flowers when in bloom. They are found mostly in North America in diverse habitats from alpine tundra to open woodland and prairie. Flowers are in pale blue, violet, pink, bright red, or white. They have a pleasant fragrant that attracts hummingbirds, and butterflies. Summer is the best season to grow Phlox. Phlox needs a minimum of 20°C to 25°C to grow well. In this temperature, we can expect the better result. Phlox seeds will take 10 to 20 days to germinate from seeding. As Phlox is a summer season crop, it can withstand high sunlight. It can also sustain less sunlight. But I suggest to keep it outdoors in the sunlight for better growth.
You can easily grow Phlox at home with seeds. They can grow both in pots and seeds. As they are summer season crop, they do not prefer moist soil. So use a relevant potting soil that helps the plant to grow well. Using a chemical-free fertilizer not only helps in getting a good yield but also keeps the soil in a healthy condition. Nematodes can be a problem for Phlox. Treat early with insecticides specific to the nematode. You can also treat the plants Neem oil which protects the plant and acts as an organic pesticide.
Water the plants once in 2 days during Summer,
3 to 4 days once in winter and rainy season if the soil is dry. You can use the Drip Irrigation technique to water your plants efficiently with minimal effort.
Phlox flowers will take 100 to 120 days to bloom and ready for harvest from the seeding. Once the flowers start to open and bloom perpendicularly to the stalk, you can harvest them. You can pluck the flowers from bare hands or using the shears. Please make sure not to harm the plant while harvesting the flowers. Do not remove the plant, they produce the flowers again.