Rajnigandha flower is no doubt one of the most pleasant smelling flowers in the world.
But not being able to grow healthy and perfect Rajnigandha flower plant is a problem faced by many new gardeners.
As, I have had enjoyed growing quite a few beautiful rajnigandha plant at home.
Today, I will give you the essential Rajnigandha Plant Care Tips.
A Quick Overview
How Do You Care For Rajnigandha Plant?
Rajnigandha plant requires quick draining soil that is rich in compost & kept slightly moist at all times. On top of that a good amount of Sunlight is what it craves for healthy growth and flowering.
|Sowing Time of Rajnigandha Bulb||Mar- April|
|How deep the bulb should be buried||Twice the size of its bulb ( 2 inch bulb 4 inch deep under soil)|
|How to sow the bulb||Keep the pointed end facing upwards.|
How To Care For Rajnigandha Plant – Best Care Tips
Potting Mix for Rajnigandha Plant Care
Rajnigandha plant is a beautiful flowering plant that requires fast draining and nutritious soil to grow healthy and bloom its fragrant flowers.
Fast draining soil is necessary because if the water stays for too long inside the soil, roots of rajnigandha plant will start to rot as they are very susceptible to it.
So, make sure to use a potting mix that is rich in compost as well as full of nutrition.
You can make your own potting soil by mixing following ingredients:
Or you can get this amazing potting soil.
Sunlight Requirement of Rajnigandha Plant
Rajnigandha plant is a sun loving plant which requires full sunlight by that I mean:
6-8 hours of sunlight to thrive well.
I used to keep my rajnigandha plant under direct sunlight even in the summer season and it was going well,
As the temperature started to rise even more.
I saw that its leaves started to turn brownish and very dry.
And was advised to keep them under shade as the sunlight was too much for them as they were getting sunburnt. (FYI: I live in Rajasthan)
If sunlight in your area is very harsh as was in my case.
I would advise you to get a good quality green net and put it under it.
In this way it will get filtered light, which is neither too light nor too harsh for your plant.
Also, during rainy season, it will save your plants from getting overwatered from rain.
How to Water Rajnigandha Plant for Proper Care
For proper rajnigandha plant care, watering is what matters the most.
Because if you mess up with watering rajnigandha plant, then things can go the wrong way.
Rajnigandha plants love to stay under sunlight, so the soil dries out quite quickly.
So, for good watering practice, what you must do is:
Before watering it, make sure that a few inches (1-2) of the soil have dried out, if they feel dry, give it a good bath.
But if it feels wet, then skip watering.
During summers you will need to water it more frequently than winters.
If the soil seems very wet and soggy all the times, it means that you are overwatering your plant and should stop watering it the same way, otherwise your plant will have root rot very soon.
Or, if you see that the soil has all dried up and have cracks in it, you are underwatering your plant, this will also harm your plant.
The rule is to keep the soil moist all the time.
Mulch is simply a layer of different material (often organic) applied on top of the potting soil.
Covering the top layer of the potting mix with mulch helps retain the moisture as liked by Rajnigandha plant.
You can use dried leaves or small wooden sticks for mulching your plant.
Mulching also prevent top of the soil to dry out very quickly and is very favorable in case of rajnigandha.
You should always choose a good size container (grow bag or Pot) for rajnigandha.
As its bulbs are sown quite deep inside the soil and its roots also grow deeper.
For drainage always make holes at the bottom of container, as it allows waters to go out of the container and avoid rotting of roots.
This is a must thing for almost every plant you grow in container.
As Rajnigandha plant is a heavy feeder,
Provide it with compost every 6-7 weeks.
Keeping the soil full of nutrients is very much needed during its flowering season, which is from:
Late June – Sept and my rajnigandha plant bloomed even during Feb – March.
For this you can give it an (19:19:19) NPK fertilizer or rotted cow dung.
But make sure you don’t provide fertilizer in the afternoon as it can burn the plant leaves and apply the fertilizer right in the soil and not over the leaves of plant.
And every time you apply fertilizer, water a bit for it to release nutrients.
Rajnigandha Plant Not Flowering:
Main motivation behind growing rajnigandha plant is its fragrant flowers that just make the air around itself so pleasant and soothing.
But what if your plant doesn’t bloom at all.
The two biggest cause behind rajnigandha plant not flowering is:
As, I told you this plant loves sunlight and requires a good amount of sunlight to thrive.
If your rajnigandha plant is not getting enough sunlight, this can be reason behind it not flowering.
So, once the summer season has passed, you can expose it to direct sunlight, and if the summers in your area is not very hot, you should not keep it under shade. (only move it under shade if its leaves start to turn brownish)
I can understand that many people live in Apartment/Flat and doesn’t receive direct sunlight in that case you can get these Grow Light which will help provide it with the right amount of light it needs.
Removing its flower stalks as soon as the flowering stops is also very necessary, so that it doesn’t take up nutrition from the soil and allows space for more flowering.Gardentroubles.com
Not Providing it enough food:
The second reason is fertilizer, rajnigandha plant needs a good amount of nutrition to bloom and if you fail to do so, then it will not flower.
If you want fast and better result, you should try this liquid fertilizer as they are able to release nutrients faster than normal fertilizer.
I hope this easy guide on caring for rajnigandha plant has helped you and has solved all your queries.
If in any case, you are still having any doubts then do make sure to comment.
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