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Flowers are not only a great way to add an aesthetic value to your garden but also a functional value. The flowers mentioned below are great in attracting pollinators, bees, wasps, and butterflies. These pollinators will save your time and effort when you are growing vegetables and fruits.

Here are some of our absolute favorite summer flowers that are easy to grow for any gardening beginner:

  1. Ixora

Buy Flowering seeds here (starting Rs.180 for a set of 10 kind)

A large cluster of 10-20 flowers, that come in hints of red, pink, and orange.

Soil: Well draining

Water: Whenever the soil looks dry on touching

Sun: 4-5 hours of direct sun

Super tip: Use phosphorus fertiliser in summer to help the plant grow more flowers.

Suitable for: Most parts of India including Bangalore, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, and similar weather areas.


2. Jasmine

Extremely easy to grow the plant for Indian weather conditions, be it monsoon, summers, or the winters. In India, you will find a bunch of jasmine varieties. Our favorites are Mogra and Chandni. The care for each variety remains the same.

Buy medium size plastic trays suitable for growing flowering plants (starting Rs. 375 for a set of 3).

Soil: Any kind (whatever you have access to)

Water: Whenever the soil looks dry on touching add water. Also, note that this plant is quite hardy and can withstand over as well underwatering like hero.

Sun: 4-5 hours of direct sun

Super tip: Monsoon or rainwater can work magic on this plant. You would see exponential growth as well as heavy blooming during the rains.

Suitable for: Most parts of India including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Goa, Bangalore, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, and similar weather places.


3. Vinca

If you are a serial plant killer, Vinca flower plant is for you. Getting one Vinca flower from the nursery is enough to cover your garden with flowers within few months. You will spot tiny vincas blooming everywhere as it gets comfortable in your space.


Wooden trug suitable for growing plants, buy here

Soil: Any kind (whatever you have access to)

Water: Whenever the soil feels dry on touching add water. If the plant is continuously underwatered you will notice the leaves start drooping. It's important to keep a close eye on watering otherwise it may dry up quickly.

Sun: 4-5 hours of direct sun

Super tip: People new to gardening should start with plants like vinca. Because even if they start to die they can be brought back to life with better care.

Suitable for: Most parts of India excluding the areas that get extreme winters like Himachal, Kashmir, and parts of Uttarakhand. In valley region, like Dehradun, vinca will easily withstand the winters too.


4. Trumpet vine

There are a couple of plant species that grow as a vine and send out trumpet-shaped flowers. Our favorites are cats claw, Bignonias, and Tecoma. The care for all of them remains the same.


Super cheap grow bags for growing plants

Soil: Well draining soil with the regular dose of fertiliser(preferably every 3-4 months)

Water: Keep the soil moist but not stagnated with water.

Sun: 4-5 hours of direct sun

Super tip: Use a net/mesh along the wall to train the vine and you will soon have a 'flowering wall'.

Suitable for: They do best in moist and mild temperature places, like Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, parts of West Bengal. But for extreme places like Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan we would suggest you to skip such vines.


5. Oleander

Kanaer or Oleander is a tall bushy plant that can survive extreme Indian summers as well as winter temperatures. However, the blooming will be restricted to the summer and spring seasons.

Summer season flowering seeds

Soil: Well draining soil.

Water: add water whenever the soil feels dry on touching

Sun: 4-5 hours of direct sun

Super tip: Deadheading, a method to remove dying flowers helps any flowering plant bloom more.

Suitable for: Tropical areas of the country that receive 4-6 hours of sun for the most part of the year.


General pointers:

For growing summer flowers monsoon is a good time to start. You can buy them as a sapling from the nursery or start from seeds as well. Sun and watering will play a crucial role in your success with growing flowers. Ensure that the place you are using for growing flowers gets abundant sun and you are not stressing them with over or under-watering. Apart from that, the plants mentioned above don't need much to bloom!

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Deciding the best kind of planter for your plants, your space and budget can be confusing.


To help you decide a suitable pot for your needs, I have put together all the important factors you may consider before going shopping. We have also done a detailed video on the same, you will find it embedded in the end of this blog (if you dont like going through text).


1.a. Plastic Pots - The regular Kind

Regular Plastic pots come in a wide range of sizes

Pros: Cheap, Light weight, Durable, Multiple drainage holes for quick drainage Buy here

Cons: Plastic! Plastic! Plastic!

Grow: Veggies, Indoor plants and Flowers


1.b. Plastic Pots: Recycled Kind (Geofabric)

Buy now >> Starting Rs.349 (Set of three)

Pros: Very cheap, Light weight, Durable, Fabric mixed with recycled plastic helps in drainage

Cons: None, except that they are more suitable for outdoor spaces else use a drainage plate underneath for indoors.

Grow: Any kind of veggies


1.c. Plastic Pots: HDPE kind

Buy now >> Starting Rs.299 (Set of two)

Pros: Very cheap, Light weight, Durable, Holes for drainage

Cons: Plastic! Plastic! Plastic! Not suitable for indoors

Grow: Any kind of veggies

2. Terracota Pots

Pros: Very cheap, Help plant sustain better in extreme hot and cold, Environment friendly

Cons: Not very durable, Come in limited size options

Grow: Small vegetables, succulents and ornamental plants.

3. Wooden Pots

Buy here >>

Pros: Look beautiful and can be customised to any size. Using plastic lining improves pot's life.

Cons: Expensive and intolerant to very humid conditions

Grow: Any kind of vegetables and flowering plants.

4. Metal Pots

Starting from Rs.1099

Pros: Aesthetically very pleasing (Try the ones with powder coating finish as they have longer durability against rusting)

Cons: Expensive and cant be used to grow plants directly without a second pot

Grow: Indoor plants and flowering plants

5. Ceramic pots

Starting from Rs.450

Pros: Aesthetically pleasing (Come in a range of prices. Raw material used, finish and baking method determines the price in ceramic pots. Porcelain is the highest grade of ceramic available. It can be a one time investment that will stay with you for decades.)

Cons: Expensive

Grow: Indoor plants and flowering plants


We have also tried explaining the above mentioned information is detail in our youtube video below.




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While teenage could be a complicated phase of life, it can also be a very exciting one to explore new skills. Children of this age are bubbling with energy, that can be directed to learn a constructive hobby such as gardening. Studies suggest that gardening can help deal with anxiety, stress and focus, a problem nearly every teen faces.


Here is a list of plants your teenager can grow on a window sill, even in a hostel or a PG room:


1.LAVENDER

Lavender is a sweet-fragrance ornamental plant that does well in cities such as Pune, Bangalore and the cooler parts of the country. To start the plant from seeds, sow at least 4" deep in a pot, or directly in the ground. It requires 3-4 hours of sunlight and 20 - 30C of temperature. Fertilise the soil with composted manure and water every-time the top-soil feels dry on touching. For better drainage, add pebbles at the bottom of the pot.


2.SPIDER PLANT

According to a NASA study, the spider plant has been identified as an air-purifier, which makes it a great indoor plant. It can be propagated from a baby plant (known as a pup) growing off the main plant. This plant requires moderate amount of indirect sunlight to sustain in Indian conditions. The soil should be well-draining.


3.SUCCULENTS

There is a wide variety of succulents available in the market, ranging from the native aloe vera to the exotic echeverias. For Indian weather conditions, we recommend three in particular: aloe varieties, haworthias and all varieties of cacti. They usually grow well outdoors, with 3-4 hours of direct sun. The soil should be well draining and water only when the soil is completely dry(7 days recommended for Indian weather). You can use a ready-made succulent mix, or prepare your own at home (see here).


4.MOTHER IN LAW’S TONGUE/SNAKE PLANT

Snake plant is a popular houseplant native to West African highlands. It can do equally well, both indoors and outdoors. We highly recommend it for low-light spaces. It won't complain even if you forget watering it for weeks, but we suggest watering once in ten days.


5.PEACE LILY