Growing a Rajnigandha plant at your home is always a great choice.
Its fragrance is so pleasing, even while I’m writing this I cannot get its fragrance out of my head although I am no where near it.
This is the magic of Rajnigandha Plant.
This is one plant that even your neighbors will thank you for growing.
Rajnigandha plant loves hot weather which makes India a good place to grow it.
And the best part about Rajnigandha is that you can easily grow it either directly on the ground or container (pots or grow bags).
Today, I will share both the methods with you.
So without wasting any further time, lets get into the process.
How To Grow Rajnigandha In Pots
If you want to grow Rajnigandha at home but don’t have adequate space don’t be disheartened Rajnigandha is fairly easy to be grown in containers.
So, before jumping to the process, lets first see the things you will require to grow it in container.
First thing you will need is a container, a pot or grow bag which is at least 10 inch deep should be good.
The bigger the size of the container the better it is.
Make some holes at the bottom of container for drainage of water and passage of air. Otherwise the standing water will cause root rot. This is one of the most important rule of Gardening at home.
For better results, you should only go for 2 bulbs per container, this will ensure that each bulb get proper nutrition for growing healthy.
What is the best potting soil for Rajnigandha plant?
Rajnigandha can be grown in any soil, even garden soil will work fine.
But for container gardening it is not advisable as the garden soil is stiff and the roots of the plant doesn’t get enough room to expand inside container.
So, mixing coco peat with it is what gardeners do for growing plants in container.
Rajnigandha plants is a big feeder so, adding fertilizer (8:8:8) is must in your potting soil.
So, the best potting soil for growing Rajnigandha will be:
- 1 part of Coco Peat
- 1-part Garden Soil/ Red Soil
- 1-part Vermicompost/Compost
You can also add a handful of neem cake to protect it from harmful microorganism present in Garden soil.
Rajnigandha Plants loves sunlight, so if you want to grow them healthy, you will have to provide them with full sunlight that is at least 5-6 hours of sunlight every single day.
Once I moved my Rajnigandha plant under shade and its leaves started to turn brownish, so make sure that you keep it under direct sunlight.
Only during very harsh summers, you should consider moving it under shade otherwise it will thrive well under sun.
The Final Process
Take the bulb of rajnigandha and sow it inside the potting soil with its pointed end facing upward
Sow it at least 1 inch inside the soil.
You can sow as many bulbs you want in a pot depending on its size but for healthy growth sow only 2 bulbs per pot unless you have a very big container.
Just make sure that each bulb is 1 foot apart from each other, otherwise they will start to fight for nutrition and chances are both will not grow.
Once you sow them, water it thoroughly.
And then put it in a sunny spot where it gets ample amount of sunlight (6 hours)
When to water it again?
Before watering it again, just check if the soil has become dry if yes then only water otherwise you need not.
Once it starts to get big it will need more nutrition so add some fertilizer (8:8:8) every six weeks, you can also add some crushed eggshells to feed it with calcium.
That’s it. Just make sure you are not overwatering it.
How to Grow Rajnigandha directly on ground
If you are lucky enough to have a little space outside your space or have a backyard.
You can grow rajnigandha there as well.
For this you will need to dig a hole where you are going to sow the bulb, but before that add vermicompost inside the hole to provide proper nutrition.
Make sure the place you dig the whole gets enough sunlight.
Once you mix the soil with vermicompost you can sow the bulb with pointed part upwards.
The rest of the process is same.
Just keep watering it whenever you feel that the soil around it has become dry.
If you feel that the soil in your garden may have insect in it then you can add some neem cake as well while adding vermicompost.
A handful of it will do the work.
Now there are two important questions:
When to plant Rajnigandha bulbs/ Rajnigandha sowing time?
Rajnigandha is a sun loving plant and requires a good amount of sunlight for its growth and doesn’t like frost.
So, spring season (March to May) is the best time to plant Rajnigandha bulbs.
During this season:
- The days are longer
- There is no frost (that you should avoid while planting rajanigandha bulbs)
- Good amount of sunlight for these plants to feed upon.
When does Rajnigandha blooms/starts flowering?
If it gets proper amount of sunlight and fertilizer it needs, the blooming starts between 90 – 120 days after planting the bulb.
So, if you planted it in March, you can expect it to flower in between June – July.
This was it. I hope you finally got to know how to actually grow these beautiful flower at home.
If you are still facing any problem, do let me know through the comment section.
And also don’t forget to share this amazing guide with your family members and friends.