Dhature ka Phool holds religious significance in India. If you want to know the details on Growing Dhature ka Ped, here’s the information!
Dhature ka Phool might be a common sight in the native parts of India, but it is not as popular in the urban environment. As it holds religious importance, growing it in your garden can be pious. Let’s have a look at how to grow Dhature ka Ped.
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Dhature ka Phool Information
Datura is also popular by other names like moonflower, devil’s weed, and hell’s bells. Dhature ka Ped is a member of the Solanaceous family. The plant holds importance, thanks to its uses in traditional medicines.
The plant also has several alkaloids, especially in Dhature ka Phool, that are toxic, narcotic, and hallucinogenic.
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Pharmacological Properties of Dhature ka Ped
A study by the Department of Herbal Drug Research, MHOW, India, states that Dhature ka Phool (Datura stramonium) has great pharmacological potential with great utility and usage in folklore medicine. Dhature ka Ped is also rich in alkaloids, tannins, carbohydrates, and proteins.
Another study claims that Dhature ka Phool (D. metel L) can be used as a phytomedicine to treat various health complications. Datura can be explored further as per its diversity of traditional uses and based on a wide range of chemical compounds reported in various parts of the plant.
Manipur University also claims Dhature ka Ped (Datura stramonium) has tropane alkaloids, amino acids, tannin, phytic acids, and carbohydrates. Its diverse biological activities include anti-asthmatic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, larvacidal, antispasmodic, antioxidant, antinociceptive, anti-rheumatoid, and anti-ulcer activities.
How to Grow Dhature ka Ped?
As a self-sowing plant, Dhature ka Phool can easily grow from seeds and cuttings.
- Soak Dhature ka Phool seeds in water overnight.
- Sow them in a well-draining potting mix, water well, and keep the container where it gets plenty of bright and indirect light.
- Datura seeds will germinate in 3-4 weeks.
You can also buy Dhature ka Phool from a local nursery to save time.
Requirements to Grow Dhature ka Phool
Dhature ka Phool loves to stay in direct sunlight, which is why you must have seen this plant growing as a weed at the roadside. While choosing a spot to grow datura in the garden, pick the sunniest spot. It needs a minimum of 4-6 hours of sun daily. Avoid growing Dhature ka Ped in the shade.
Datura is not fussy about the soil and can survive in the harshest conditions. All you need is regular garden soil, and you are good to go! Amend the growing medium with cow dung manure and vermicompost to boost the growth. This will make the size of Dhature ka Phool bigger!
This plant always loves to stay in a little moist soil. While growing it in the garden or pots, water when the topsoil feels slightly dry. However, do not water datura plant daily as it will attract root rot.
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Taking Care of Dhature ka Phool
As th plant is not fussy about the growing medium, you don’t have to worry about feeding the plant. It will be more than happy to grow on its own. To boost the size of its blooms, use organic compost like worm castings or cow dung manure from time to time.
You can also feed datura plant with a balanced liquid fertlizer, diluted to 1/2 of its strength, once in 6-8 weeks. This will speed up the growth, and will also make datura flower better.
Pests and Diseases
Datura is pretty much safe from pests attack. However, look out for slugs and aphids. You can take care of them with a neem oil solution.
To keep datura plant safe from potential diseases, do not overwater and grow it in plenty of air circulation.
Datura is a toxic plant. According to a study by the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Romania, eating its leaves or flowers can result in dry skin and mucosa, flushing, mydriasis, sinus tachycardia, hyperpyrexia, decreased bowel activity, urinary retention, and neurological disorders with ataxia, impaired short-term memory, disorientation, confusion, hallucinations (visual and auditory), psychosis, agitated delirium, seizures, and coma.