- Mogra plantation
- Requirements for Mogra Plantation
Ever visited a mogra plantation? Damn the beautiful essence of mogra is something you need to smell. What about bringing one home? This cute little plant can instantly uplift your mood and make you go dancing like in one of those Bollywood movies.
Mogra is a dwarf plant, growing shrubs. It’s a vine growing up to 0.5 to 3 m in height. The sweet and attractive sweet flowers with almost stalkless leaves and wavy margins. Mogra can be even grown as a short climber too. The sweet-scented white flowers are grown in clusters of 3 to 12 and are even found single.
These flowering plants are mainly found in the summer and rainy seasons. These flower flushes during different parts of the year are very common. Also known as Arabian Jasmine Mogra are the double flowering types that are known as Motia. The flower is also known as Boddu malle, raai, and the semi-doubles are known as Gandhara malle, moturia.
Varieties of Mogra
Mogra can be found in different varieties such as Motia, Single Mohora, Double Mohora, Khoya, Rai Japanese, Madanaban, Suji mallige, Iruvatchi.
Propagation of Mogra
The old plants are stem cuttings by almost mature wood that is propagated by Mogra. Planted in pots and nursery beds the cuttings are raised. Mogra plants are mostly propagated by layering, commonly known as ground layering. For mogras, the rainy season is considered one of the best weather.
How to Plant
Mogra once planted remains in the field for more than 10 to 15 years. Due to this reason, it is very important to prepare the land by thoroughly harrowing and ploughing the land. As mentioned, the best time to plant mogra is monsoon.
Type of container
In order to plant mogra in containers, a regular round pot should be ideal. Planting of Mogras or any other flowers is done in earthen pots traditionally. You can also choose hardy plastic pots for the same purpose.
When growing mogra plants well-drained soil is required with plenty of organic matter. You can add two parts of loam solid and one part of cow manure which is well decomposed. This mixture is ideal for potting. You can even buy this mixture online.
Mogas need direct sunlight for a better blooming experience. The full sunlight conditions help the plant to remain healthy. Along with this keep in mind to give some partial shade to the plant. All these conditions made an ideal environment for the mogra plant to thrive.
A moderate amount of water goes well when watering the plant. In the flowering season, a mild amount of water is enough. Too much water can hinder the growth of the plant in the flowering season. The plant cannot withstand water logging. During November watering of the plants must be stopped, it’s because the moisture content is high and the soil doesn’t dry out and
The plants shed their leaves once the watering is stopped. If the shedding of the leaves does not occur naturally all the leaves of the plants are removed by hand.
When to resume watering
Once the manure is applied, slowly start the irrigation process. Once the buds appear in the plants they are ready to water the plants again. The frequency of watering and showering must be increased after the appearance of flower buds.
After the defoliation is done a light pruning of the stem is done. The branches are pruned one-third of their length.
Phases of Mogra
In the summer and monsoon, the Mogra flowers come in phases. The phase of flowering lasts around seven days. In between one bloom and the commencement of the next, there is a time duration of one month. After the end of each flowering phase, the watering is stopped after the fresh flowering buds.
Pests and Diseases
Mogra is a tough plant and does not catch any diseases. In arid hot and dry climates Curvularia results in loss of foliage.
In the second year onwards plants begin to flower after the plantation. In the bud stage, the flowers are harvested. Handpicking is done in the morning. The flower buds are used for garland making, worshipping, decoration, adorning hair, and extraction of perfume.
So what are you waiting for? Follow the guide and bring home a new fragrance.