After a lot of changes i have started gardening.Moved to a new place so that i can have space and lots of sunlight to finally getting it started.
Last month my order of Rajnigandha (polianthes tuberosa) bulbs arrived accompanied by free complimentary seeds of Basil, i was very glad n anxious at the same time.Its been something i have been itching to do for almost 2 long years and finally the day arrives. I had already bought all the basic supplies like Plastic pots of 6,8 & 10 , two small bags of local dirt form a nursery nearby and i had a little coco peth from my previous purchase.
I was set with basic needs to start gardening, but not much know how. Having read from blogs of many gardening superstars i knew i will meet with more failures and limited success. Cant compare my bookish knowledge with years of experience my superstar bloggers hold.
I had 12 Bulbs of Rajnigandha (polianthes tuberosa), in 1 pot of “8” i planted 4 bulbs, Planted each bulb deep enough that 1/3 of the bulb was exposed above the ground(coco peth), with tail side upwards.watered it well for couple of days
#6 Inches spacing btw bulbs. (i actually crowded my pot)
#Well drained soil.
#and my dear sun should be shining well.
#Compost/ manure can do wonders.( i am yet to buy some compost)
Within a few days the bulbs came to life with green shoots, within 10 days or so the pots was filled with leaves, all bulbs were healthy & green. With this new found confidence i planted the balance 8 bulbs in 2 pots filled with coco peth, followed the same pattern.Eureka!! all my pots turned green. Lots of leaves, thin long green leaves in all 3 pots.
I forgot to keep a timeline of things.Importantly need to work on my Photographic skills.
This was the first time in my life, i mean all my life, the experience was wonderful.Getting up every day and checking how the plants are doing, are the leaves wilting, is the soil dry. I realized that i had planted too many in a single pot( first pot), the leaves were not looking that healthy, leaves were a little thinner than the other pots. Good lesson for next time.
One fine morning after a month i saw a stalk bearing tiny buds surrounded by leaves, the stalk from 10 inches initially has now grown into 1 and half feed, with a small cluster of green buds at the top. They look delicate, very delicate, need to support the stalk with stick to protect it from wind.I guess am a little lazy, still searching for stick to support the stalk.
The the stalk is growing taller with few buds on top of it.
Things are doing fine as of now, just wondering when will the other bulbs flower.
PS:Hoping to connect with fellow gardeners in Mumbai.