Genda ka Phool holds tremendous importance in India during festivities and religious occasions. Let’s have a look at how to grow Marigold!
Genda ka Phool, commonly known as Marigold, is among the most common and famous flowers in India. These charming blooms can be grown easily in both gardens and pots. Let’s have a look at it in detail!
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Genda ka Phool Information
These popular and cheerful flowers have fern-like foliage. In India, Genda ka Phool is most popular in yellow and orange colors.
Not only the blooms, but these plants offer several other benefits too. According to research, these flowers are useful in fevers, epileptic fits (Ayurveda), astringent, carminative, stomachic, scabies, and liver complaints. It shows different pharmacological activities like anti-bacterial Activity, anti-microbial Activity, hepatoprotective activity, insecticidal activity, mosquitocidal activity, nematicidal activity, wound healing activity, antioxidant and analgesic activity larvicidal activity.
Another study claims that different parts of the plant are useful in fevers, astringent, carminative, stomachic, scabies and liver complaints, diseases of the eyes, purifying the blood, bleeding piles, rheumatism, colds, and bronchitis.
Botanical Name: Targeted Spp.
How to Grow Genda ka Phool?
Genda ka Phool is really easy to grow from both cuttings and seeds. However, as it can take a lot of time for the plant to get into a flowering stage, it will be a good idea to get a well-grown plant from a local nursery.
Pro Tip: You can also grow these plants from petals! Here’s a great article on it!
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Requirements to Grow Genda ka Phool
Like all flowers, Genda ka Phool is going to grow and bloom best when it will get a minimum of 5-6 hours of direct and intense sunlight every day. The more light it will get, the better it is going to be for the growth of the plants and blooms.
Avoid growing it in the shade as it will result in fewer, small, or no blooms.
Amend the garden soil with plenty of organic matter, vermicompost, cow dung manure, and coco peat at the time of starting the plant. Keeping the soil ph roughly around 6.0 to 7.0 will make sure the plant flowers the best!
When you plant Genda ka Phool, make sure to keep the soil slightly on the moist side all the time. Do this by watering the plant when the topsoil feels a little dry to the touch.
Do not water these flowers daily and also, never let the growing medium dry out completely.
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Genda ka Phool Care
Marigolds do not need much feeding and if you have used a rich growing medium, then don’t bother about fertilizing these plants. To boost the growth and flowering, you may use a 5-10-5 fertilizer, once in 2 months. Do refer to the dosage and instructions on the label.
Deadheading (cutting off spent flowers) will improve the plant’s appearance and encourage further blooming later in the season. Pinching young plants will help promote bushier growth.
Pests & Diseases
Genda ka Phool do not attract many pests and diseases, but some problems occasionally occur: Snails and slugs may eat leaves, especially on young plants. If you notice ragged holes in the foliage, this is likely to be the problem.
Aphids can sometimes be a problem, but horticultural soaps or oils easily handle them.
Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that is common in marigolds. The white residue on leaves is usually caused by fungal spores that splash up from the ground or between affected plants. The disease is unattractive but rarely fatal. Prevent it by providing good air circulation between plants and watering by ground-soaking rather than by overhead spraying.