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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

16 Best Tropical Fragrant Flowering Plants

 There is no proper justice done when it comes to Fragrant Blooms as there are so many varieties and categories that they are not properly listed and placed in proper order. Of course - the award goes to the selection of what a gardener might choose what appears best and beautiful and best loved aromas suited personally when it comes to scent.

There are of course from Sacred Flowers considering holy and venerated flowers used as iconic worship adornment for deity, spiritual reflection which invoke memories with such fragrance of incense and garlands.

Others may fall more on taboo and folktales, some on darker side of horror stories of an unwanted spiritual encounters often followed by a strong floral fragrance that comes during the unearthly hour: Graveyard flowers.

However, in the plant Kingdom, not everything dictates as what cultures, traditions or beliefs - and most not everything is not is as simple or ordinary as what it appears to be be. In most cases there are often special cases and conditions - compensation occurred to make the right balance. Here the balance is the source of attraction.

I will try to reveal those secrets and hope it's not as boring as just another garden blog as possible.

Here is the List of the My Best Loved Fragrance Flowers which you don't need to take a sniff at the blooms as the fragrance are already in the air. There are placed with no proper order as each of them are unique and special in their own way.

Do click on the link : Name of the Plants for more detailed information
concerning the Plant Care & Cultivation: 👇















How to Care & Cultivate Night Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum)


INTRODUCTION:

Cestrum nocturnum commonly known as Night Blooming Jasmine has the best long-term fragrance that cover a huge area around the garden region - they seems to emit the scent far more stronger and longer throughout the night. However as strange as it seemed - the scent mysteriously disappear during day time without any hit of those scent.

This Jasmine also known with many different names such as: Lady of the Night, Night Jasmine, Dama de Noche, Galan de Noche and Queen of the Night. Night blooming Jasmine is native to Central and South America and the West Indies, however been cultivated in most tropical & subtropical regions around the world. This tropical plant is hardy and easy to care for and cultivate.

The flowers are in tubular shape almost like needle like clustered inflorescent flowering plant. It has the greenish white coloration and only blooms at night. 

Also on the side note - this plant is also identified to have psychoactive elements however more research and studies is in progress.




LIGHT:

Being a Tropical plant does require good strong indirect bright sunshine, It can tolerate growing in shaded area however it must receive at least 6 hours of sunshine. It does not do well in heavy shaded area and may not bloom in such conditions. Also the leaves may turn yellow and also become leggy. Another factor in the lack of sunlight may cause the plant to become stress and can attract pest to heavily attack on them.

Hence do give a thought if your are not having open garden area as this would not so well as indoor plant - even placing them as a balcony potted plant can be challenging if they receive inadequate light.



SOIL MEDIUM:

Considering one of the most basic thing about planting material - this one doesn't require anything special - just any balanced potting mix will do. They seem to do fine in a medium or big potted plant - however they will do great if they are planted directly into the garden soil as these will require just that to produce those lovely blooms.

However if limitation occurs where you can only grow in pot - then a good balanced potting mix with rich amount of organic material and equal part of well drained soil which will help from root rot. 

Instance as such as these - they are often planted straight into open garden land where they are not in a pot - hence they appear hardy and able to take the heavy pruning.



WATERING & FEEDING:

It may require a good adequate watering - both morning and evening based on the size of the plant.
You can grow it in a nice medium or large size pot, the plant will behave and grow based on the size of the pot. However I would recommend this to grow freely on ground if you want lushful beautiful constant blooms.

Also this plant is a heavy feeder and do feed adequately during the flowering season.
However take note that over-watering can cause them to bud-drop especially during the rainy season, hence a well balance fast draining medium to ensure no root rot occurs.


PRUNING:

One of the most challenging part for this shrub is pruning. They do grow extremely fast and become very unruly if not proper care is not given - especially when it comes to growth factor, this plant focus more on branching more stem and over growth rather than blooms which can be one of the down-side coming from this ever blooming plant.

However with the right pruning method and keeping it trimmed and manageable size - this one can be such a beauty. As shown here - the appearance of the blooms can last at least for few months until the next pruning session is done to maintain the blooming cycle from interruption.

This consideration applies very accurately when the plant is matured and had grown for years - that is if it is not flowering in its full potential. Other factors involving lighting / watering / feeding is also essential and necessary.


PEST CONTROL:

I had found this one seemed to be a very sensitive plant without strong resistant to pest attack in comparison to many other floral plant. Often mealybugs are found around the flowerbud farmed by ants and occasionally sap sucking insects too are found at the bottom of the leaves.

Occasionally I had come across that if the plant is anyway stressed or lacking nutrients may face some damage on it's foliage but rarely fatal to the plant. 

Keeping the plant - Pruned and Compact does make the plant focused on its blooming cycle and also able to take immediate action if any unruly pest attack where pruning is much easily handled rather than spraying pesticide all over the plant.

Apart from this factor, other matters are very much similar with most tropical garden plants.



PROPAGATION:

Propagation can be done but stem cutting, stripping off the bottom leaves and poking it into a deep pot with a rich potting soil. Keep it in shade until you notice a new leaves growth.

Another method is to put the cutting into perlite medium (soaked in water)  Once taken roots, it should be carefully transplanted into a good potting mix.. Another alternative is seed propagation  Being from a member of a nightshade family - these appear to be easy to propagate in comparison to other types of Jasmines.

TOXICITY:

This particular Jasmine is not a true Jasmine but from a potato family from the member of the nightshade family which is often associated with toxicity - in this case, all parts of the plants are poisonous if ingested. They also do from attractive clustered white berries like fruits which are poisonous and therefore do practice caution when having children or pets around which may accidentally consume them.


Here are the additional plant pictures of the Night Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum) on how it looks like in portrait size view:






Do click on the link below for more information on Other Types of  Tropical Fragrant Flowers:


Friday, August 20, 2021

Malaysian Tropical Garden Tour - Aug 2021 (Quick Preview)







I just wanted to take a quick video on my garden when it rains and hope you enjoy the sound of trickling waters in my garden. 

This is my Two Years Anniversary of my Garden Chronicles on this YouTube Channel. 
I had earlier uploaded the same garden a year ago. 

And I would really like to Thank all my Subscribers who have supported me and also given likes and comments to support my channel. 

Showcasing here are the plants which have been with me over the years. 
The collection of Begonias, Ferns, Vertical Wall Collection followed by the plants by the Aquatic Setting. 

Also all the Cane Begonia and the Cascading Plants - Staghorn Fern, Huperzia, Hoya, Dischidia & Orchids. Also my update on my Vertical Garden plants where I had arranged my bromeliads followed by Agloanema & Anthuriums. 

The other side are the dumbcanes and some plants where I place them in my small propagation station.
Also some new plants that I had recently cultivated: The Anthuriums and Piper species. 

More on the context on Dieffenbachia types and the companion foliage plants : Maranta, Calathea, Ctenanthe, Stromanthe, Schismatoglottis wallichii, Cascading Plant collection: I had planted Epiphyllum sp. (Queen on the night) leaf cuttings and they are stabilizing with new growth. 

A quick review on their updates on those which does well on kokedama balls, hangers and planter box: Rhipsalis, dischidia, orchids and air plants. Ferns: Bird Nest Fern Variegated, Fluffy Ruffle Ferns, Staghorn Fern, Fish-tail Fern, Boston Fern, Rabbit-foot Fern, Tassel Fern, Maiden Hair Fern, Huperzia & Selaginella.

These are features where the plants behave as cascading plants that hang like a curtain which gives a good screen for privacy and good vertical shade. 

Addition: I had placed hangers on my gate where I placed colored foliage plants where I had replaced them where I had planted episcias before. Here is more of the piper plant. 

This video is without narrative.


15 Tips on How to Prune & Propagate Rangoon Creeper Vine






One of the most important factors in blooming Rangoon Creeper Vine is the Pruning Methods
- without this, the plant will focus more on the growth development more than its focus on Blooming.

Here I'm sharing my experiences and Care Tips and How I propagate Rangoon Creeper Vine successfully.

Do check out my 15 Tips on How I Do it.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

18 Interesting Facts about Rangoon Creeper Vine


Here in this video, I will be showing a timeline of the bloom progression from bud to full bloom and also some pointers about some interesting Plant Facts and Plant Care.

Combretum indicum / Quisqualis indica is commonly known as Rangoon Creeper Vine is a tropical vining plant that is native to Asia from surrounding regions of India to South East Asia and also found in the tropical regions of Africa. 

It is cultivated mostly for ornamental purpose however in some countries these are often used as Traditional medicinal usage based on their own unique cultural heritage. 

There are few varieties concerning the floral display; Here in this video - I'm showcasing the multi-petaled type which comes in 3 colors which turns from white flower bud followed by pink and deep red when matured. There are another variety where it is single petaled type - either comes in 3 colors or only in red, however I had also come across the non-fragrant type too.

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