Monday, September 27, 2010

Winter Flowers for North India(Sep-March)


1. Mesembryanthemum(Mid Day Flower) commomnly called as Barf or ice plant











2. Phlox :- can be grown in shade



Propagation:

Phlox are grown from seeds. Phlox seeds can be directly seeded into your flower garden or seeded indoors for transplanting later. For spring blooms, start indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost. Young seedlings will transplant well into their permanent home.

Sow Phlox seeds early in the season and cover lightly with 1/8" of fine garden or potting soil. Water thoroughly once.

Transplant Phlox into your garden after the last frost date for your area. Space them 8-10" apart. They will tolerate a little crowding. They will look great filling in a flowerbed, or as a border edging.


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How to Grow Phlox Plants:

Phlox like full sun. They prefer rich, loose soil that drains well. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.

Once your Phlox plants are established, they should grow well with few problems. Keep the soil moist to slightly dry. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Keep them well weeded, or apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch for a tidy appearance. Pinch back tall stems to promote a bushier appearance.

Tip: Remove spent blooms to promote additional blooms and extend the blooming period all summer long, and right up to the first killing frost. This will also keep the appearance neat and beautiful.

Phlox are hardy annuals. They will often survive the first few light frosts. They will not survive a hard frost or freeze.










3. Helichrysum(Paper Flower)


Common Names:
Some of the common names for Helichrysum include Curry plant, Immortelle, Licorice plant and Strawflower.


How to grow Curry plant (helichrsum)
When growing curry plants and other Helichrysum members sow the seed on the surface after the last frost of spring. It may be best to start growing curry plants (Helichrysum) indoors first to get a head start. The growing process should start about 8 weeks before putting the plant outdoors a few weeks after the last frost of spring. Germination will take from one to three weeks and should be performed in the light at a temperature of about 18 to 23 degrees Centigrade. Once the seedlings are ready for transplanting they should be spaced at about 20cm apart (small varieties) to 40cm apart (larger species). Helichrysum prefer to grow in sunny areas with a sandy soil of pH6 to 7, though they will tolerate poor soil too.

Caring for Curry plants in the garden
Once growing if you require more curry plants then cuttings can be took in the summer, or simply let the curry plant set seed, and allow it to grow itself. An interesting trick with Helichrysum is to remove all the flowers but one on each inflorescent stem; this will reduce in single big flowers atop each stem.





4. CornFlower(Centaurea)





















5. Gazania



This perennial (meaning it grows back year after year) has daisy-like flowers in white and shades of yellow, orange and pink that bloom in late spring and early summer.
Difficulty: Easy

Planting Gazania
1 Plant Gazania in full sun and well-drained soil.

2 Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting hole.

3 Place the plants no deeper than they were growing in the containers.

4 Set the plants 6 to 9 inches apart.

5 Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost.

6 Water well until soil is completely moist.

7 Start seed directly in the garden in early spring or indoors four weeks before the last frost date.

Choosing Gazania
1 Look for plants at nurseries in spring through fall, and seed all year round.

2 Buy gazania in 4-inch to 1-gallon containers or as seed.

3 Choose healthy-looking plants with signs of new growth in leaf and flower bud.

Caring for Gazania
1 Remove old foliage in spring using bypass pruners to cut off the old stems.

2 Apply a light application of organic fertilizer on top of the soil; follow package directions.

3 Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost in spring.

4 Water well weekly until soil is completely moist in summers with no rainfall.















6. Sweet peas

























7. Salvia :- can be grown in shade and acts as backgraoud to small plants. Generally in red color
















8. Cineraria :- Beautiful plant. grows in shade and give different color of flower depending on PH value of soil.



















9. Panzy: grows in shade. Prefer Double panzy


























10.Verbena :- grows in shade.






















11. CandyTuft
















13. Alyssum:- Popularly called as "Chandni top". can be grown as small hedge and available in white and purple color.



















15. Antirrhinum:- Popularly called as "Dog Flower"
























17. Dahlia:- Many Variety come in this flower and Can be part of theme garden. Needs sun. Must have in the gardens































18. Chrysanthemum:- Called as "guldaudi". Also comes in different variety and colors. Needs sun.Must have in the gardens. They come in so many varieties that for this Chrysanthemum shows are organized.

























19. Tulip
















20.Carnation or Dianthus :- One of my Favourite along with Dalhia and Chrysanthemum. Comes in Various colours.

70 comments:

  1. I love flowers in my garden. Thanks for flowers and details.

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    1. Thanks Rajesh for the compliments. Have you grown some in these winter?

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  2. Hello Neeraj,
    I want to have colorful flowering plants for my balcony (to bloom in oct). Can u plz suggest some to be sown in July-Aug?

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    1. Namaskar Avasthi ji

      Sorry for looking very late at your question.
      Please let me know about the duration of sunlight your balcony get in winter and at what time and how many flower pots you have?

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  3. Namaskar Avasthi ji

    Sorry for looking very late at your question.
    Please let me know about the duration of sunlight your balcony get in winter and at what time and how many flower pots you have?

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  4. These flowering plants are so nice and so good to decorate our Home, Thanks.

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    1. Thanks Anadi. Yeah also give peace of mind when you see them grow.

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  5. Wow....thanku neeraj....i really thanx 4 this info..
    Kya muze different flowers ke bare me jankari mil sakti hai?

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  6. Mai Maharashtra me rehta ho....so isme se..kaunse flower plants mai apne garden me laga sakta hoo?

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    1. Dear Mangesh, in these winter season, any of the flower mentioned above will grow well. Try Dhalia(Sun), Cineraria(Shade), dog flowers(Sun), panzy(Sun), Salvia(shade), Asslysuim(for borders), Marigold(African, height will be very short, flower is bigger than normal), french marigold for border

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    2. Thank you Neeraj ji....is there are you on FB page??...
      i want to plant & grow some flower plants & boarder flower plants, green plants in this season.... :)

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  7. Nice information with beautiful pictures. I am from North-East, this flowers are grow well here also.But I have any ideas about sweet pea..Can you give any information about creeping flower for decorating front grills of my home?

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    1. Sweet Peas is very beautiful plant and with nice fragrance. You can grow them along the fencing. What you can do, get the seeds of Sweet peas and plant them at distance of about 2-3 inches and let them grow and when they become 2-3 feet tall, provide them the support by tieing them with thread along with grill and they will look beautiful once in full bloom. look at this picture from my garden
      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=365531160141048&set=a.365529370141227.102481.100000525008686&type=3&theater

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  8. There is a mini poinsettia like flower blooming in Bangalore. What is the name please?

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    2. Could you please post some pic of that flower? Will help in identifying. Thanks

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    3. http://addins.kwwl.com/blogs/thedirt/2012/01/poinsettia-post-christmas

      In india, its called panchgani....
      Please correct me, if I am wrong.

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  9. i want to grow these flower plants at my home....can u please tell me the approx cost of evry flower plant....

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    1. The cost is not too much. Growing from seeds is very cheap. each packets costs 5-10 bucks and each sampling of chrysanthmum, dhaliya's double or hybrid variety may cost 10 bucks. Appx in 500-1000 rupees, you will have good garden in totality.

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  10. lovely attempt.requires some improvement .

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    1. Thanks for compliments. Please provide feedback on improvement needed.

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  11. i want to grow these flowers with seeds..i tried but neither of them germinates.
    please tell me whole process of growing seeds for saplings

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    1. Sorry for very late reply.
      Some care need to be taken.
      1. You should have good mixture of soil and natural manure and compost.
      2. The combination should be looses, it should not be hard.
      3. Put the seeds just 1 inches(rough estimate is half of length of finger next to thumb) and bulbs 2 inches deep.
      4. Keep it hydrated, not over water.
      5. if winter, then put them in sun( not direct, if hot) and in summer, in shade(with sunlight)
      6.In winter, take special care that if frost, or low temp, put them pots or tray inside the house till the temperature get better.

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  12. Hey Thanku Neeraj ji....i bt pittuniya, Calendula, winka's & . Chrysanthemum....so can i grow...

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    1. Yes, you can start preparing now, take care in december, january, the peak of winter. Feburary, March, you will see the result. Right now, you can grow Chrysanthemum and dhalia. they come in 100 of varieties that you may not think others. Cineneria is one of the plant I recommend if u have some shady area. Maintenence free and make ur garden awesome.

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    1. Its right time to sow the seeds of Calendula, and other seeds. Now, Its the time to plant the sapling of Chrysanthemum and dhalia and pittuniya. For all these, try hybrid variety. Try growing seeds of ceneneria. It will fill the garden with colors.

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  14. Mai Jamnagar Gujarat me rahne wala hoon. Mujhe ye bataoye ki Ab January Aur Feb paas me hain to Above list me se kain se flowers Sow karne chahiye. Ya koi aur flowers to plz mujhe other flowers ke name bhejiye.

    plz mail me to vdn_2012@yahoo.in

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    1. Please start when you get the hint of winters. I think that its best time.

      Helichrysum(Paper Flower)
      Salvia
      Cineraria
      Dahlia
      Chrysanthemum

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  15. very nice flowers you have grown .which flower i can grow in summer. what is the season of Tulip n how can i grow it?

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  16. Thanks for giving details on these lovely spring blooms. I am very fond of gardening and have most of them in my balcony garden. I will follow your tips and try and grow them from scratch next season

    I have two questions-

    1. Could you please suggest some good summer flowers that I can start growing. I am Delhi based and the sun here gets very harsh. Please share names of summer flowers and plants that can withstand Delhi heat and yet flower.

    2. I have a lily plant in my balcony for more than 4 months but it hasn't flowered yet. What is the season or month in which lily bears flowers?

    Looking forward to your response.

    Regards

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  17. hello.....really woderful pics n info about the winter flowers.....tried to see the pics on ur facebook account bt probably u have locked the pics....can i c them coz i am very fond of flowers

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    1. Please check them now, as they are shared as public view.

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  18. Hi iam from delhi and want to know what folwers seeds to be sown during the month of july and august so as to see them bloom during winter
    I want them for my roof
    And balcony which gets only morning sun as the house is north facing

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    1. Try now. Chrystanthmum(saplings), dhalia(saplings), Cineneria(u can grow from seeds as well as plants), panzy(plants), Marigold(African as well as french marigold). you can grow some of these from seeds, but need controlled temperature.

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  19. I am from Noida.Want to know which flowers seeds to be sown during sept to bloom during winter.I want them for balcony and front varanda,but sun comes only for few hours as my home is south -west facing

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    1. Chrystanthmum, dhalia, Cineneria(shade), panzy, Marigold(African as well as french marigold)

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  20. I am from chattisgarh and i want some plants(winter) for my garden.please suggest me.

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  21. i want to grow beautiful different kinds of flowers in the school. can you help.

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  22. sir,..your information about the plants is very helpful....I just want to ask whether sweet peas n tulips will grow in my east facing balcony in pune???? please please guide me.

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  23. This is really informative and I will for sure refer my friends the same.
    send flowers online

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  24. First of sincere apoplogy to all my friends for late reply. Thanks for posting your question and showing interest in making your surrounding beautiful.

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    1. Brother neeraj kindly answer all the question which was ask by some follower

      because some question is same,as i am going to ask you , kindly reply

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    2. Thanks Shahab for bringing to my attention. I appreciate it. I am trying to answer the queries as and when get the time, but I will try to be more quick in replying. Thanks for visiting.

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  25. Hi neeraj, are the above flowers grown in ur garden or these are just the pic from the net, pls reply.

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    1. Hi Roopa

      To be honest, these pics are from internet and they are here for information purpose.However, I have experience with them in growing, but did not have the real pics with me. So, I selected those which I know personally. Have a look at

      India's gardening
      https://www.facebook.com/neeraj.vashisht.3/media_set?set=a.365529370141227.102481.100000525008686&type=3

      Dallas Gardening
      https://www.facebook.com/neeraj.vashisht.3/media_set?set=a.711243935569767.1073741826.100000525008686&type=3

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    2. Hi neeraj, i just want to know if this is the right time to plant gladiolaus in my garden n how do i recognize the blubs.

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    3. Gladiolaus is basically summer flower. You can plant them around March-April when spring is about to come, when winter is on decline.

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    4. hi neeraj, are u sure b'cos my gardener is planting it right now for winters

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    5. Hi neeraj, i'm in gwalior (MP).

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  27. hello neeraj ji
    sir i live in jharkhand and i want some very nice blooming flowers in winters can you suggest

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  28. Hi Neeraj,
    I am from gwalior, and here temperature varies a lot in summers its 48 degree Celsius and in winters it goes down to 0-2 degree Celsius, i have few plants at my home terrace, namely tulsi, curry leaves etc. as winters are already there i can see that all the plants leaves are turning yellow, will shifting them under a tin shed help ?? what to do if i want to save them from winters ?? i have a tin shed which i can use to accommodate them, its covered from all sides but have glasses so that sun can penetrate, will it help ???

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  29. Hi Neeraj,
    can you please suggest me from where to get tulip and hyacinth bulbs and daffodil bulbs too ...in jaipur as i am unable to found them here in jaipur

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  30. Can these be seeded right now in noida i am in a college having lot of space with sun n ground

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  31. i got few asiatic lilis but they got crowded in the small pot i changed the pot n divided the bulbs. but the leave all got saggy n drooped so i cut them off all as someone suggested me now im afraid whether it will grow back or not plz help!!!

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  32. Sir I want to know that can I Grow guldaudi throw seeds. If yes where can I find seeds on this plant. Please reply sir

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    1. Hi Amit, Guldaudi (chrysanthemum) is much easier to grow through cuttings. If you still need seeds you can buy them from any good nursery or online through sites such as ebay.in.

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  33. Thanks for sharing this great article, I really enjoyed the insign you bring to the topic, awesome stuff!

    SUMMER AND WINTER FLOWER SEEDS INDIA

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  34. I want to make a new garden ...Plz give me step by step advice rashmitalwarno1@gmail.com

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    1. I would suggest you to buy/ arrange some basic things like Khurpa,Compost, Coco peat, sand,Moss grass,Bone meal fertilizer, Micronutrient mix, NPK(Soluble fertilizer), Fungicide, Insecticide, Containers etc.
      Different plants needs different conditions to grow. You can grow the plants according to season. The winter flowering plants should be stated in september to october while summer flowering plants must be sown in february to march. You can also buy Bulbs/corms. Winter flowering bulbs are Daffodil, Dahalia etc while Kalla, tuberose, Amyrallis, football lily, Zephyarnthus etc are summer flowering. You can also grow ornamental bulbs in summers like Caladium. There are plant shops from where you can buy these. In Delhi there are many shops in old delhi at Subzi-mandi chowk 7 in south delhi the address is Adchini near IIT, Delhi. You can search internet to know about the seeds & plant shops. Growing conditions of plants. Best of luck

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  35. Thanks for good info.. You can have a look at my attempt to create a Terrace Garden with Winter/Spring flowers... http://indiahomegardening.blogspot.in/2014/03/winterspring-2014-terrace-flower-garden.html

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  36. MAY I PREPARE THE SOIL WITH MANURE AND COWDUNG NOW FOR WINTER SEASON FLOWERS?

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