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The Brahma Kamal/ Saussurea obvallata

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The Brahma Kamal plant is very rare and has been declared as rare species amongst plants. This is commonly known as Brahma Kamal but it really is a variety of cactus. Commonly termed as Saussurea obvallata. Also named night blooming Phyllocactus Many people have this plant for religious purposes. There is a belief that the one who gets to the blooming of flower in this plant is very lucky. And I really do hope even I get to see the bloom of my brahma kamal plant.
Also known as Epiphyllum oxypetalum plant, Queen of the Night,  Duchman's Pipe,  Night blooming Cereus. With so many names it is a beautiful plant with green elongated leaves. This plant has some medicinal properties also which I have not personally used, but read about. Also some say the flowers are edible and especially people mention about the sweet heavenly fragrance of the Brahma Kamal  flowers.
My experience with this plant goes back to when I viewed the flowers of this plant at my neighbour's. It is really a ve…

The Money Plant and Making a Moss Stick at Home

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This plant has been grown from ages, My childhood we had these money plants grown in glass bottles which were displayed on all window sills. They required very less care and grew only in water. Whenever this plant was grown in soil it had profuse growth and would cling to any nearby plant or wall and cover up the area. There was also the belief that growing this plant gives lots of money to the grower and people would steal leaves and stems of this plant in order to grow these money plants. I had this plant over the years and gown in mud the plant roots clinged to the wall and grew very large. Leave aside the money part I did get scared of the profuse and thick growth of this fast growing climber or creeper. The leaves also grow very large sometimes if it is growing with the support of a big tree or near a continuous water source. Now according to feng shui this plant was earlier considered a no no, as it indicated that the person growing this will flourish only when they get support of…

A Space Cover Vine

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The leaves of this plant are a red or shade of green and red. It produces white flowers and they look very attractive among the dark foliage. I have not searched for the name of this plant and this is a creeper or space cover plant, that is it spreads sideways.
It has small roots coming from the stem which gets transplanted by itself on the side of the ground.
This plant needs a shaded area that gets sunlight for some part of the day. This cannot tolerate direct sunlight and the leaves burn if placed in direct sunlight.
This is a very attractive plant to grow in containers and is best grown in hanging pots. It can also be guided on a trellis to cover any wall for privacy in your garden though I have left it in a small hanging pot, and it is very good to break the monotony in the garden with all green plants.
This plant is very good to use in landscapes as they cover up the area left by big plants in the garden. It can also be used to break the monotony of colour in any landscape desi…

Rains and the Beautiful Amaryllis Flower

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The bulb of Amaryllis plant has given plenty blooms and what a beauty to watch the new bud opening in the rainy season. This is a very attractive flowering plant which is grown from bulbs. Iam sure the size of the flower does command attention and is the highlight in the garden. Having got this as  a gift I was new to bulbs and this took a long time to bloom.

I had planted this bulb in a plastic tub and this started multiplying like hell! within few months I had many little bulbs and no doubt it did not flower then. I had to leave this bulb many times outside of the pot, just in case it continues to multiply. But since I have planted it in a mud pot it gives flowers every six months. This post is  especially  dedicated to the new growth of the blooms. Tip: Keep it in a small pot. If you give it more space it will start multiplying and all the energy of the plant will go in developing leaves. It likes to be root bound. Less water, partially shaded area but one that gets sunlight for …