Sadabahar Ka Phool is a must-have in the garden as it continues to bloom for a long time! Here’s everything about growing Periwinkle Flowers!
Sadabahar Ka Phool in English is popular as Periwinkle. This is a beautiful and easy-to-grow flowering plant that also has medicinal importance. Let’s have a look at how to grow it easily!
Sadabahar Ka Phool Information
Sadabahar Ka Phool belongs to the Apocynaceae family and is native to Madagascar. They are widely cultivated as ornamental plants in many parts of the world, including India, where they are often grown as annual or perennial.
The sadabahar plant is a small, bushy plant that grows up to 1-2 feet tall and wide. It is famous for its glossy, dark green leaves and produces small, funnel-shaped flowers in various colors, including pink, white, purple, and red.
Botanical Name: Catharanthus roseus
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How to Grow Sadabahar Ka Phool?
Sadabahar Ka Phool can be grown quickly from seeds purchased by the nursery. All you need to do is follow these steps:
- Soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours before planting. It helps to soften the seed coat and speed up germination.
- Fill a seed tray or small pots with a well-draining potting mix. Moisten the soil before planting.
- Sprinkle the seeds and cover them lightly with a thin soil layer.
- Place the seed tray in a warm and bright location, out of direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.
- Seeds will germinate in 10-14 days. Once the seedlings have grown their first true leaves, transplant them into larger pots or a garden bed with well-draining soil.
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Requirements to Grow Sadabahar Ka Phool
Sadabahar Ka Phool is a shade-loving plant, so it does not require direct sunlight to thrive. It can grow in full shade or partial shade as long as it gets at least a few hours of indirect sunlight each day.
The best is to expose the plant for 3-4 hours to the mild morning sun. This will promote blooming. Do make sure to keep it protected from the harsh afternoon sunlight.
Periwinkle flower prefers well-drained, loamy soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.8 and plenty of organic matter to help hold moisture. To keep Sadabahar Ka Phool healthy and blooming, it’s important to regularly add a 2-3 inch layer of organic compost and mulch to the soil.
The soil should be kept consistently moist but not soggy, as too much water can cause root rot. Water whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Water the soil until it is moist but not saturated.
Sadabahar Phool blooms well in warm temperatures between16-32°C. It cannot survive in extremely cold conditions.
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Sadabahar Ka Phool Care
Sadabahar Ka Phool is a low-maintenance plant and does not require much fertilizer. A slow-release, balanced fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 fertilizer can be applied a few times during the growing season to provide the necessary nutrients for healthy growth.
Go for a fertilizer with a low nitrogen content (5-10-10 or 6-10-10), as too much nitrogen can lead to excessive foliage growth and fewer flowers.
Periwinkle flowers should be pruned in the early spring before new growth begins. Cut back the stems that have become woody and remove any dead or damaged foliage.
Prune the flowers to a desired shape and size. After pruning, fertilize the soil to promote new growth and water regularly to promote healthy flowering.
Pests and Diseases
Common plant diseases include root rot and leaf spot, which can be prevented by avoiding overwatering and ensuring good air circulation.