Jun 21, 2020

Turks cap Plant - Care tips to enhance flowering with Quick Guide for free


Turks cap plant or Malvaviscus arboreus belongs to the Malvaceae family and resembles a sleeping hibiscus. These plants are native to southeast and central America.
These plants are fondly called as Turks turban, wax mallow, Scotchman purse, and ladies teardrop. The petals never open fully hence resemble like a sleeping hibiscus. These plants are called as Turks cap or Turks turban as they feature the signs of a Turkish cap.

Studies state that the bloomed flowers survive for two days and is the main source of food for hummingbirds and butterflies. The nectar is usually present in high amount on the first day and attract the butterflies and hummingbirds.

    Blooming seasons - Turks cap Plant

    The plants flower in full vigor from May to November. They produce abundant flowers and can be propagated from seeds or cuttings. They can quickly set to the soil and produce roots when propagated via cuttings.

    Sunlight and Watering Requirements - Turks cap Plant

    The Turks cap plants prefer full to medium sunlight. This flowering plant prefers abundant sunlight though they might survive in low lit conditions. These plants can also be grown in pots.

    They prefer regular watering and enough sunlight. You might be surprised to see my small Turks cap plant producing abundant flowers after propagation.



    I wanted to try if the Turks cap plant can be propagated by cuttings. And to my surprise, all the three saplings I propagated grew well.

    How to propagate Turks cap plant via cuttings

    • Grab a few cuttings from the healthy branch.

    Turks cap plant - propagation via cuttings

    • Score the hard layer at the bottom-most part of the cutting. This can help in the early formation of roots.
    • Remove the matured leaves except for one to two new leaves. This will help the plant in growing the roots rather than exhausting the energy in providing nutrition to the leaves. 
    • To simulate the cuttings to root you can use a simulating hormone or a mixture of honey and cinnamon. This is optional, in my case I did not use the rooting hormone.
    If you don't want to take a chance you are always welcome to use a rooting hormone
    • Dipping the cuttings in Tumeric can also prevent infections.
    • Give your cuttings a greenhouse effect. If you don't have any greenhouse at your home. You can easily mimic this by covering the pot with a polyethylene cover and punching a few holes in it
    • Keep the soil moist to maintain favorable conditions for the plant to root.
    • Though Turks cap plants are drought resistant they need regular watering until they are stabilized.

    You might be amazed to know that start blooming once they have accustomed themselves to the environment.

    Also, feel free to check How to  grow plants in small apartments

    How to enhance flowering in Turks cap plant

    • Turks cap plants blooms in abundance if given proper sunlight. They can survive in low sunlight but they might not be able to produce more buds in the absence of sufficient sunlight. It is advisable to keep them in high to moderate light-receiving areas to enhance the growth of flowers.
    • Turks cap plants are drought resistant once stabilized. But they prefer regular watering to enhance the growth of flowers.
    • If the above two conditions are met and still if your plants are not flowering mild trimming might be required.
     

    Quick Guide for your reference 

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    Jun 19, 2020

    Plants suitable to grow in plastic bottle- Tried and Tested Method

    Gardeners happiness lies in buying plants. I had only a meager of 12 pots on my balcony initially. As the gardener in me grew I wanted to buy more plants or to propagate them.
    Space has been always an issue then and space has been an issue now.

    Then looking into few sources I decided to grow plants in the plastic bottle mainly due to a few reasons.

  • Hanging plants are beautiful than the pots placed on the ground level.
  • Plastic bottles can be reused effectively.
  • Cheap and easy DIY projects to decor your plants.
  • No sufficient light in my hall to keep indoor plants alive for a long time so I had to find a way to utilize my vertical space in the garden.
  • Check here for more ideas on how to make a Plastic bottle planter.

    Here are a few plants that can be easily grown in plastic bottles. Most of the plants mentioned in the list are not so demanding plants. They would be happy even if you water them twice a week. These plants are a perfect piece to décor your home. Also, you can gift these inexpensive yet attractive mature plants to your loved ones.

      1. Portulaca

      Portulaca are easy growing and colorful plants. Portulaca are also known as 10 O Clock and 9 O clock plants as they are known to blossom between 9 AM to 10 AM. The flowers are available in almost all colors. These plants are perfect for containers and bottles.
      You can be more creative by mixing two or more color portulaca in a pot.

      As Portulacas is invasive it is advisable to keep them in containers else they spread like weeds. Portulacas do not require any special care but prefer sunlight. They will be happy to grow in almost all conditions.

      2. Tangled Heart Plant

      Tangled heart plant are beautiful for your hanging plant collection, They are one of the most loved hanging plants. These plants are also easy to propagate and thrive in drought conditions. These succulents grow remarkably when compared to other succulents. These Tangled heart plants are also easy to maintain. I would suggest you to give this a buy without any second thought.



      3. Pothos or Money plant

      One of the trendy and the most common plant in the list is pothos. Money plants are tolerant to climatic, lighting, and water conditions. Pothos can be grown in water but I prefer growing them in soil as they grow comparatively bushier and faster. They are good air purifiers and available in many varieties like Neon pothos, Manjula pothos, Golden pothos.

      Pothos is also considered to bring luck and prosperity to the home.



      4. Purple heart

      Purple hearts are exquisite for your hanging bottle planters. Purple hearts are fondly known as Purple secretia or Purple queen. Propagating the plants are easy. Insert few stems into the soil with the node and keep the plants moist until the plants establish themselves. Thereafter water the plants allowing them to dry out in between. Place the plants in moderate sunlight. 


      5. Wandering Jews

      Another best plant to grow in bottles is Wandering Jew, Inch Plant, or the Zebrina Pendula.
      To give your garden a plop of color these purple plants with silver stripes will work the best. Wandering Jews do well in indirect sunlight - direct sunlight can burn their leaves or dim their bright purple color. 

      Look how beautifully they are growing in my planter bottle.

      6. Jade


      Jades are the most famous of succulent variety. Bonsai varieties of Jades are very appealing. Jades can be easily grown in bottle planters. They require less water making them perfect for containers. Prune the branches to get a bushier jade plant.

      I had read many sources saying they thrive in low sunlight. But I am highly against this opinion. My Jade plant was not doing well in low lit conditions. It started dropping leaves and looking like a sick plant. I bought them outdoors and now it has started to grow new leaves. Even if you are planning to grow them indoors. Provide them with good sunlight for at least 4 to 5 hours daily.

      7. Tomato

      Inverted tomato gardening saves space. Tomato saplings can be grown in a 5Litre bottle provided they are fertilized once in 15 to 25 days. This is the best way to grow your kitchen garden plants if you lacking the required space.

      Take a bottle and cut a small hole in the bottle cap. Take a healthy sapling and push the root ball gently into the soil. The soil composition can be 50% soil and 50% cocopeat with some compost. Adding cocopeat will not allow the soil to dry out and retain moisture. Once the plant has settled itself in the new environment it will start to grow upwards facing the sun.

      Tomatoes love water, hence water them at least once a day. The plants would start to look dried out and week if they are not watered for two to three days. So have a check on the watering conditions and compost.


      Tomato harvest


      8. Purslane

      Purslane and Portulacas look similar and have a lot in common. Purslane also belongs to the weed community. These plants are highly inexpensive to grow and care for. They are available in a wide variety of colors. And flowers often in bunches. These plants are pretty and low maintenance plants. Even if you ignore them for a few days they would be perfectly alright.

      Best plants for forgetful or lazy gardeners. 

      9. Sedum

      Sedums are succulents that can be easily grown in coke bottles.
      They prefer well-draining soil and would love to stay outdoors. They are also called as Stonecrop plants, available in green and green with golden tinges.
      They could also be used as a ground cover.

      You can also check how to propagate sedums here

      10.Turtle Vine

      Turtle vine plant popularly known as creeping inch plant and trails beautifully. They are one of the most care free and easy growing hanging plants. Turtle vine grows really well in plastic bottles. These turtle vines are beautiful and must have in everyone's garden.



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      Jun 11, 2020

      DIY Clay wall hanging

      Wall hanging pieces can brighten up your dim corner without spending a penny.
      A stunning decor piece can be easily created at your home with just a few supplies of clay, paint, and yarn.
      Believe me, no special skills are needed to make a hanging decor. It would be a cakewalk for you if you follow the below steps.

        Things Needed

        • Air-dry clay or homemade clay
        • Yarn
        • Acrylic paint
        • Wooden Skewers or a piece of branch



        How To Steps

        Use molds, cookie-cutter, or your hands to create your desired pattern. I made stars and raindrop shapes using a cutter. The elephants were made using mold - I had a metal elephant key chain lying around. With the help of glue guns, it's easy to make a mold for your elephants. There are also many molds available online. I have linked the details below.

        Make two small holes at the top and the bottom of the mold to pull the yarn through.


        Arrange all the pieces together. When you are happy with the output you can paint and allow them to air dry for a few hours.


        Once everything is dried. Paint them - I have used acrylic black, gold, and metallic color to give this finish. Pull the yarn through the clay pieces and tie them to the branch or wooden skewer. If you find that difficult you can also stick them up with fevicol or glue guns.
        Ta da.. your beautiful wall hanging is ready. 

        As an alternative way, you can use hanging with a single strand like the one below - simple and elegant. Also, Monstera Wall hanging



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