Nishigandha Flower, if translated literally means a flower that produces scent (gandha) at night (nishi).
If you have ever grown a Nishigandha flower or have had the chance to go near this flower after sunset, you must have experienced it as well.
It releases a heavenly mild sweet smell that can take all the stress away from you at once.
Nishigandha is just another name for Tuberose or Rajnigandha flower, which is a very popular flower here in India, mostly used in bouquets.
In this article, I will share information on how to grow and care for it.
Nishigandha Flower – How to Grow & Care for Nishigandha Plant?
Growing Nishigandha Flower in Pots
The best time to grow the Nishigandha plant in pots is the Spring season (Feb- April) when there is no chance of frost and the plant can get a good amount of sunlight as well.
Also, Nishigandha is a 365 days flowering plant so it keeps flowering season after season except in winters it keeps on blooming all year long.
Things required to grow it?
Nishgandha flower is grown from bulbs rather than seeds, you can get these bulbs at any nearby nursery or you can get them online from here.
A 6-inch pot
Take a container that is at least 6 inches deep, as the bulbs of Nishigandha are sown deep inside the soil.
Make a few holes at the bottom of this container for proper flow of air and allow excess water to drain out easily.
Nishigandha plant requires well-draining and rich potting soil to grow. For this you should make potting soil with the following composition:
- Garden Soil – 30%
- Vermicompost – 30% (best one to buy)
- Cocopeat – 30% (Buy this one)
- Perlite – 5%
- Neem Khali – 5%
Growing Nishigandha Flower (Step by Step Process)
Just follow these simple steps to grow it:
Firstly cover the holes in the potting soil with stone so that only water can pass through it and not the potting soil.
After this fill it with the potting soil that you have made or bought.
Now, you need to plant the bulb. For this use a stick to make a hole in the soil (6 cm deep) and then insert the bulb in the hole and carefully fill the hole with potting soil.
Now, lightly water the soil and keep the pot in a location where it can receive indirect sunlight all day long.
Once the plant starts to grow and the sapling gets to a height of 3-4 inches, you can then move it to direct sunlight.
Nishigandha Plant Care
|Sunlight||Full Direct Sunlight (4-5 hours)|
|Watering||Moderate (only when the top layer dries up)|
|Potting Soil||Rich & Well Draining|
Nishigandha plant is prone to root bound, as it grows very long roots and when grown inside the pot (enclosed environment) it is very prone to getting root bound.
If you experience that your plant has suddenly stopped growing even after providing fertilizer and providing it full care.
Then you should take it out of the pot carefully and look for the roots.
If you see that the roots have grown immensely and have made a circle all around the potting soil it is time to repot it into a bigger-sized pot.
Because of root boundness, the plant is not able to take nutrition and water from the soil and ceases to grow.
And this is very common with Nishigandha, so always keep a check on it and repot as soon as you see it.
Feed it with Fertilizer
Nishigandha plant requires a good amount of fertilization to bloom, if you fail to feed it with good fertilizer it will not be able to produce flowers.
You can check this amazing article on the best fertilizer for flowering plants in India and get one for your plant.
Nishigandha flower is an extremely pleasant-smelling flower plant that you can easily grow at home.
It is one of those flower plants that doesn’t require much care and will carry on to bless you with beautiful blooms regularly.
I hope this guide will help you grow this amazing plant.
I have tried to touch upon all the important points but if somehow, I missed any important point then do make sure to comment it down below and I will answer it as soon as possible.