Some Indian Flowers and Garden Soil Preparation

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Indian flowers do not require special garden soil preparation though they could always use some nutrition in the form of fertilizers or compost soil. Indian states have their own flowers.

Get your flowers blooming

Every garden should have some flowers. In this article, you can read about some Indian flowers and also about garden soil preparation. Flowers give zest to otherwise limp backdrop of green. Putting some color into your garden patches means selecting the correct flowering plants. Here are some facts about common Indian flowers.

Indian Flowers

Did you know that each state in India has a separate flower? This certainly stirred up a lot of interest and it was not long before more flowers were unearthed. Here is the lowdown. Many flowers are common to more than one Indian state.
i) Parrot tree – adopted by Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand
ii) Lady’s Slipper – common to Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh
iii) Lotus – of course it is the national flower, it is also state flower for Haryana and Karnataka
iv) Rhododendron – Nagaland, Jammu and Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh

About Indian flowers and their appearance

Of the South Indian states, Kerala has the most exotic flower of them all – Golden Shower. Tamilnadu too has something wonderful, the Glory Lily. Here are some more flowers that make India such a fascinating place.

a) Mountain thistle: This pale pink summer Indian flower grows well in the shade. The leaves of this flowering plant are spindly. It is good for growing near the fence or borders between sections in the garden since they grow up to 1.75m in height and 62 – 67 cm width.
b) Frangipanis: Sweetly fragrant and rugged survivors, frangipanis succeed in enticing bees and insects to pollinate them through their aroma alone. They do not have nectar.
c) Ganges Primrose: This plant will grow well in heat but does not tolerate cold conditions too well. The flowers of Ganges Primrose are cream colored. They grow one or two feet in height.
d) Gladiolus: “Gladius” means sword in Latin and Gladiolus has many, in its leaves. Sword shaped leaves with orange, pink and blue flowers this popular Indian flower is sometimes bicolored. It is a favorite flower for bouquets.
e) Golden Iris: Golden Iris plant grows up to 3 – 4 feet in height. This grows only in Kashmir and size of the flowers are 12—15 cm. Leaves are sword like and long.
f) Honesty: Honesty belongs to the mustard family. It also goes by the name of money plant and Silver Dollar because of the color of its seeds. The flowers are bright purple and fragrant. It also makes a good dried flower.
g) Kiss me over the garden gate: Called Machoti in Hindi, this is also called Prince’s Feather and Oriental Pepper. This pink Indian flower blossoms in pepper like clusters up to 30 cm in length.
h) Crossandra: This violet or orange flower is popular in South India and goes by the name of Kanakambaram. As a hair flower, Crossandra gives stiff competition to Jasmine.
i) Floss flower: Purple urchin shaped flowers grows 2 –3 feet in height and spreads rapidly. These cluster flowers may be pink, purple or blue.

Choose a good flowering species for your soil

Many kinds of Indian flowers exist. Some are fragrant while others are spectacularly brightly colored. Before planting your flowers, make sure that they will grow well in your garden soil type. If you are not sure what this means, take some soil to the soil testing laboratory and check to find out how alkaline or acidic your soil is. Further, once you have established the chemical composition, you can get directions for maintaining the soil fertility.

Fertilizing your garden

Maintaining the fertility of gardens is routine affair for most gardeners, but for novice gardeners it may be a big uphill battle. The idea is to allocate a portion of your garden to the creation of a compost heap. While heap may become smelly after a while, a compost pit will keep the odor within tolerable limits.

Prepare the soil

Just dig up your garden, especially the flowerbed area where you will be sowing the flower seeds. Use a pickaxe to break the hard soil up to ¾ feet in depth. Now, lay another layer of prepared soil, 6 inches thick on top. This prepared soil will consist of nitrogen rich soil that has been prepared in your compost pit. One small thing you should be careful about is that the compost soil has to be dried thoroughly before use.

Indian kitchen garden and flowers

Indian flowers thrive well in subtropical conditions but are put out by the chill. Flowers help with pollination. Choose flowering plants for your garden that have bright flowers since these will help pollination efforts. Pollination is very important aspect of good garden growth. Some Himalayan flowers grow well in cold too, but do not do so well in Southern India where the temperatures are appreciably higher. Throughout India, the soil is very fertile, since there are numerous rivers through the length and breadth of the land. Garden soil preparation is thus not a problem and growing Indian flowers in a kitchen or home garden is easy. Many kitchen garden owners grow fragrant hair flowers alongside their vegetables.

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Bachelor, Christian, 53, settled in Madurai, India, like to watch football and tennis on TV. I also have occasional walks but try to read the Bible daily. For amusement, I read the newspaper.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
26th Sep 2014 (#)

Thnaks for the gardening tips my dear Snerfu. I will try to apply some of these, still some plants aren't too friendly for the Pacific Northwest.

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author avatar snerfu
27th Sep 2014 (#)

Coaxing plants to grow is nice experience. But like you say Fern, different strokes for different folks. I will check on Pacific Northwest plants soon.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
26th Sep 2014 (#)

I want to say we have a variation of Lady's Slipper in Arkansas. Fascinating!

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author avatar snerfu
27th Sep 2014 (#)

Flowers lend an extra dimension to all things. Nice find Cinderella...oops! You know what I mean.

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author avatar Utah Jay
27th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks for the tips. I will put them into good use next growing season...The flowers are so beautiful.

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author avatar snerfu
27th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Utah Jay. I will keep you in mind when writing my next article.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Sep 2014 (#)

Flowers can be grown anywhere even within narrow space outside apartments like my wife does - quite an assortment of them to greet us every morning. Thanks for a nice write-up, Snerfu - siva

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author avatar snerfu
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Apartment life can be a damper. When I step out for a walk, even the flowers in the grass seem humungous to me.

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author avatar Retired
28th Sep 2014 (#)

Flowers are not grown in most Indonesian gardens. Non-flowering and some flowering shrubs, and miniature fruit trees seem to be the most popular types of plants. This tends to make everything look green, especially when the two favourite house colours are green and yellow. Some people like to hang orchids on their walls, but in general, brightly-coloured flowers are absent.

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author avatar snerfu
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Indonesia has tropical weather and so plenty of rain like Kerala my native place in India. "Green and Yellow -- Greedy Fellow" one saying from my childhood though I do not know its origins. Flowers provide inspiration, especially bright coloured ones.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Sep 2014 (#)

Very interesting facts and such captivating and very lovely names for each flower...thanks snerfu a very informative article indeed....

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author avatar snerfu
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Hello Ms Powers, How are your flowers growing? Ah yes, they will blossom again in spring I am sure.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Still in blossom snerfu...no freezing temperatures yet...
But my garden is in it's last bloom...I have been making myself useful by tucking it in for a long winter nap...still-with fall here- there is lots of raking to do now ...hope your team is winning this season and it has been enjoyable for you to watch...thanks snerfu:0)

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author avatar snerfu
3rd Jul 2016 (#)

Ah yes! Your grandkids I think you mean. These words will remain for a long time.

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author avatar Erly
1st Oct 2014 (#)

You are a hardworking fellow snerfu..You write a lot in one piece...all factual and impressive. I like gardening and watching lovely flowers...You displayed here amazing flowers seem like Rhodora..thanks.

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author avatar snerfu
1st Feb 2015 (#)

Thanks Erly. I like it when you comment about my articles.

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

interesting post and thanks for sharing it with us

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author avatar snerfu
1st Feb 2015 (#)

Sure thing anytime Chauhanji. Thanks for the encouragement.

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author avatar Yon Maryono
31st Jan 2015 (#)

I found many frangipani flowers planted in the cemetery area in my village. Therefore, some people are afraid to plant.

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author avatar snerfu
1st Feb 2015 (#)

Yes, frangipani is associated with ghosts and in some places demons.
In India, it is associated with immortality. There are two reasons for this. One is that it is capable of sprouting and growing even after it dead and removed from the soil.
Second thing is that it will not burn even in extreme heat (upto 500 deg Celsius).
In almost all Asian cultures, frangipani essence is used in incense sticks during worship.

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