Ketki ka Phool is quite a rare sight in India but holds religious significance. Let’s have a look at how you can grow this beautiful flower easily!
Screw pine or Ketki ka Phool is a beautiful flower that comes in pale or yellow colors. Its leaves are popular for making various household items. People also cook its leaves to make curries in some parts of India! If all this interests you in growing it, then keep on reading!
Botanical Name: Pandanus tectorius
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What is Ketki ka Phool?
Ketki ka Phool is famous for its medicinal and ornamental uses. It also attracts bees and butterflies because of its extraordinary fragrance that spreads a fresh aroma wherever it is grown. The best part is, you can also grow it easily in pots on a balcony too!
Other Names: Kewda, Fragrant screwpine, Umbrella tree, and Screw tree
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Ketki Ka Phool Kaisa Hota Hai?
If you want to know Ketki Ka Phool Kaisa Hota Hai, then the answer to that question is – white, pale yellow, and a hint of green. The flowers have a mix of all these colors and it largely depends on the growing conditions, too.
Ketki ka Phool in English is popular by the names of Thatch screwpine, Tahitian screwpine, Hala tree, and Pandanus.
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Best Pot Size
You can start the plant in a 10-14 inches pot. As it grows, you can re-pot it once every 2-3 years, depending on its spread and size.
Requirements for Growing Ketki ka Phool
This plant needs at least 4-5 hours of direct sunlight on daily basis to grow well. Avoid growing it in the complete shade as it will result in stunted growth and no flowers. Also, if you live in a coastal area, avoid exposing the plant to the harsh afternoon sun for long hours.
It grows best in well-draining and fertile soil. Amend the soil with cow dung manure, vermicompost, and coco peat in equal quantities at the time of planting.
Ensure the soil is a little moist and doesn’t dry up, especially in the growing season. Remember to water them deeply when the topsoil feels dry to touch.
This plant loves to be in a sunny and warm spot, so never keep them at a temperature less than 10 C. In summer, the plant may require additional humidity that can be provided with a pebble tray, humidifier, or periodic misting.
Taking Care of Pandanus
To get most flowers, use a balanced liquid fertilizer, diluted to half its strength, once a month. Remember to avoid feeding the plant in winters.
Pests and Diseases
These fragrant flowers are prone to mealybugs, aphids, and mites infestation. You can get rid of them with a strong flow of fresh water. Organic neem oil or soap solution can also help your Ketki flower avoid pests’ effects.