Are you limited by a small garden or lack of outdoor space? Don’t let that stop you from enjoying a bountiful harvest of fresh and delicious bhendi (okra). With the right techniques and a little creativity, you can successfully grow bhendi in containers and small gardens. In this post, we will explore the steps, tips, and benefits of cultivating bhendi in limited spaces, ensuring a small space yields a big harvest.
- Selecting the Right Container: When growing bhendi in containers, choose containers that are at least 12-18 inches deep to allow the roots to develop properly. Khloroz’s 12 x 12 growbags best suitable for growing one bhendi plant. It has drain holes to prevent waterlogging, and also lightweight containers if you need to move them around.
- Choosing the Ideal Bhendi Variety: Select compact and dwarf varieties of bhendi that are suitable for container gardening. Khloroz’s Bhendi Seeds best suitable for home garden made. It is made for small spaces, dwarf okra or spineless variety, which are more manageable and produce abundant yields.
- Sowing: Unpack the Khloroz’s Bhendi Seeds and soak the seeds over night in a bowl. Discard the floating seeds if any in the bowl. Take out the sunk seeds for planting. Before planting ensure potting mix are ready. One seed per Khloroz’s 12 x 12 growbags is sufficient. Gently press the seeds inside the potting mix for an one inch. cover the seed with potting mix and water it using rose cane. Khloroz’s Bhendi Seeds takes 5-7 days for germination. Water the container daily in the morning (Preferably 6-7 AM) so that seeds can imbibe water and starts to germinate. Dont flood the pot. Ensure soil has enough moisture. After sowing cover the growbag using wet cloth. Dark inside the pot helps to root fast. After germination irrigate the growbag two days once.
- Providing Adequate Sunlight: Bhendi thrives in full sunlight, so place your containers in a spot that receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day. If you have limited sun exposure, consider using reflective surfaces to maximize the available light or invest in grow lights for indoor gardening.
- Preparing the Soil Mix: Use a well-draining potting mix enriched with organic matter to ensure healthy growth. Khloroz’s Potting Mix provide essential nutrients for your Bhendi plant. Avoid using heavy garden soil, as it can lead to poor drainage and hinder root development. Apply Biofertilizer Azospirillum @ 5-10g/Plant 5days after germination. Biofertilizers will colonise the root zone and restricts harmfull pathogen to enter into plant. Also apply Phosphobacteria @ 5-10g/Plant to solubilize available phosphosurs in potting mix to the plant.
- Watering and Moisture Management: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water your bhendi plants deeply whenever the top inch of soil feels dry. Container-grown plants may require more frequent watering, especially during hot summer months. Mulching can help retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.
- Providing Support: Bhendi plants tend to grow tall and can benefit from support. Place stakes or small trellises in the containers to provide support for the plants as they grow. This helps prevent sprawling and improves air circulation around the foliage.
- Fertilizing and Nutrient Needs: Feed your bhendi plants with a balanced organic fertilizer or compost every 3-4 weeks to ensure they receive adequate nutrients. Be mindful not to over-fertilize, as it can lead to excessive foliage growth at the expense of fruit production. Use Khloroz’s Vermicompost to provide organic fertilizer. Enriched with macro and micro nutrients, it supplies plant nutrients which can be observed by plants easily. Apply organic nutrient in 15, 25, 30, 45, 60, 75, 90 days after germination. 50g/plant is sufficient for one plant. One plant will require 5Kg of Khloroz’s Vermicompost for its life span of 120days. Also apply Micro nutrient to ensure plants grow healthy.
- Pest Management: Monitor your plants regularly for pests like aphids, spider mites, or fruit borers. Use organic pest control methods such as neem oil or insecticidal soap to address infestations promptly. Practicing crop rotation and maintaining good garden hygiene can also help prevent disease issues.
- White fly:
- Symptoms of Damage: Chlorotic spots on the leaves which latter coalesce forming irregular yellowing of leaf tissue. Severe infestation results in premature defoliation. Development of sooty mold. Vector of yellow vein mosaic virus
- Control Measure: Spray Neem oil (3% – 3ml in one liter) on 10, 20, 30 days after germination. Use Yellow Sticky trap 3 per plant. Maintain plant distant between plants.
- Symptoms of Damage: Infesting tender shoots and under surface of the leaves. Curling and crinkling of leaves. Stunted growth. Development of black sooty mould due to the excretion of honey dew
- Control Measure: Spray Neem seed kernel extract 5% on 15, 25, 35 days after germination.
- White fly:
- Harvesting and Enjoying the Bounty: Bhendi pods are ready for harvest when they are about 3-4 inches long and still tender. Use a sharp knife or pruning shears to harvest the pods, taking care not to damage the plant. Regular harvesting encourages continuous production and ensures optimal taste and texture.
Growing bhendi in containers and small gardens is a rewarding experience, even in limited spaces. By following these steps and implementing proper care, you can enjoy a big harvest of fresh, homegrown bhendi throughout the growing season. Don’t let space constraints hold you back from the joys of gardening and the pleasure of savoring your own delicious okra dishes. Embrace small-scale gardening and relish the abundant rewards it brings!
Chilies are a popular ingredient in many cuisines around the world and can add a kick of heat and flavor to any dish. Growing chilies in your home garden is not only a great way to have a fresh supply of this versatile spice, but it can also be a fun and rewarding experience.
Here are some expert tips on how to successfully grow chilies in your home garden:
- Choose the Right Varieties: There are many different types of chilies, each with its own unique flavor and level of spiciness. Choose a variety that suits your taste and the dishes you want to make. Some popular varieties include Co1, Co2, Co4, KKM 1 etc. Khloroz Garden Center’s Chillies Seeds are best for beginners to start. Having good germination it helps to grow healthy seedlings at your home garden.
- Prepare From seeds: Sow the Khloroz Garden Center’s Chillies seed in protrays @ 1 seed per cell. Cover the seed with cocopeat and cover with a Wet Gunny sack till germination starts. Water with Mist Sprayer everyday upto seed germination. After 6 days germinated seedlings will come up from trays. After that no need to put wet gunny sacks during night hours.
- Transplanting: After seedlings emerge water using mist sprayer till it reaches 30 days. Before irrigating ensure pro-tray media is so wet. Stagnation of water will make chillies seedlings to wilt due to root rot. Spray Neem oil 3% during 15th day, 25 day to keep sucking pest away. Also on 20th day spray Seaweed extract or any plant nutrient with micro nutrients to nourish young seedlings. On 30th day the plant will be ready to transplant. Check for any wilt in seedling before transplant. Transplant during early hours or late at evening. Avoid during bright sunny hours. Just press the bottom of the pro-tray to lift the seedlings. Then catch hold the seedlings plug and dip it inside Bio-fertilizer nutrient mix. (Pls check the Biofertilizer nutrient mix preparation here) This helps to make seedling healthy and to avoid from soil borne pathogens. Insert the seedling plug into growbag where already a hole is been made at centre of the potting mix. Ensure there is no gap between the plug and the potting mix. After transplanting water the potting mix media.
- Provide Plenty of Sunlight: Chilies need at least six hours of direct sunlight per day to thrive. Make sure to plant them in a sunny spot in your garden.
- Use Well-Draining Soil: Chilies prefer soil that is well-draining, with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Amend your soil with compost or well-rotted manure to improve its quality. Use Khloroz’s Vermi compost about 25-30g per plant after 15 days of sowing.
- Water Regularly: Chili peppers need regular watering to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Water deeply once or twice a week, depending on the weather and soil conditions.
- Fertilize Properly: Use a balanced fertilizer that is rich in nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Apply it every four to six weeks during the growing season.
- Control Pests : Chilies are prone to pests and diseases like aphids, spider mites, and powdery mildew. Keep an eye out for signs of infestation and treat them promptly to prevent damage to your plants.
- Thrips infested leaves develop crinkles and curl upwards. Spray Neem oil 3% from downward of leaf with powerfull hand sprayer.
- Mite infested leaves develop crinkles and curl upwards. To control mites spray spray Fish oil Rosin Soap. For Other Pests like Whitefly, Aphids spray Neem oil 3%.
- Flower Drop : Chilies are prone to high flower drop. Spray NAA 10 ppm (10 mg/lit of water) on 60 and 90 days after planting to increase the fruit set. Also Spray Micronutrient mix to control flower drop in chillies.
- Harvest at the Right Time: Chili peppers are ready to harvest when they are firm, shiny, and brightly colored. Use sharp scissors or pruning shears to cut the peppers from the plant, leaving a small stem attached.
Growing chili in your home garden is a great way to add some spice to your life and enhance your culinary skills. With a little bit of care and attention, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of fresh, flavorful chili peppers right from your own backyard.
Brinjal, also known as eggplant or aubergine, is a popular vegetable that can be easily grown in terrace gardens. With a little care and attention, you can grow healthy brinjal plants and enjoy fresh, flavorful brinjals throughout the growing season. In this blog post, we will share some expert tips for maintaining healthy brinjal plants in your terrace garden.
- Choose the Right Variety of Brinjal The first step to growing healthy brinjal plants is to choose the right variety. Some brinjal varieties are better suited for growing in terrace gardens than others. Look for varieties that are compact and bushy, rather than tall and sprawling. Some good options for terrace gardens include Dwarf, Pusa Purple Long etc. Khloroz Garden Center’s Brinjal Seeds are best for beginners as the Germination are very good. Khloroz Garden Center’s Brinjal Seeds are tested for its germination and Quality. Khloroz Have also collection of Heirloom seeds under Brinjal.
- Provide Adequate Sunlight Brinjal plants require plenty of sunlight to grow and produce fruit. Choose a sunny spot in your terrace garden that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. If your terrace garden is partially shaded, consider using reflective surfaces to redirect sunlight towards your brinjal plants.
- Use Nutrient-Rich Soil Brinjal plants require well-draining soil that is rich in nutrients. Use a high-quality potting mix that contains organic matter, such as compost or vermicompost. You can make your own potting mix by combining equal parts of garden soil, compost, and sand. Alternatively you can use Khloroz Garden center’s Potting mix for starting. It is blend of Cocopeat (Low-EC), Red earth, Decomposed Manure added with Biofertilizers and Vermicompost.
- Water Regularly and Consistently Brinjal plants require regular and consistent watering to stay healthy and produce fruit. Water your plants deeply once or twice a week, depending on the weather and soil conditions. Avoid overwatering or underwatering, as this can lead to root rot or nutrient deficiencies.
- Fertilize Regularly Brinjal plants require regular fertilization to stay healthy and produce fruit. Use a balanced fertilizer that contains equal parts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. You can also use organic fertilizers, such as bone meal or fish emulsion, to provide nutrients to your plants. You can also use Khloroz’s Plant nutrient Collections as well.
- Prune and Pinch Back To promote healthy growth and prevent overcrowding, prune and pinch back your brinjal plants regularly. Remove any yellow or wilted leaves, as well as any suckers or shoots that emerge from the base of the plant. This will help to improve air circulation and prevent the spread of diseases.
In conclusion, growing healthy brinjal plants in terrace gardens requires some attention and care. By following these expert tips, you can ensure that your brinjal plants thrive and produce a bountiful harvest. With a little effort, you can enjoy fresh, flavorful brinjals throughout the growing season and add a delicious and nutritious vegetable to your meals.
Tomatoes are a beloved staple in many households, and growing your own tomatoes can be a rewarding and satisfying experience. Not only do you get to enjoy fresh and delicious tomatoes, but you also get to witness the transformation of a tiny seedling into a bountiful plant. If you’re new to gardening, growing tomatoes is a great place to start. Here are some proven techniques to help you get the most out of your tomato plants.
- Choose the right tomato variety: There are many different types of tomatoes, and choosing the right one for your garden is key. Khloroz Garden center’s Tomato Seeds are best for your start. Having Good germination, Khloroz Tomato Seeds helps you to grow healthy seedlings. If you have limited space, try a determinate variety, which grows to a specific height and produces fruit all at once. If you have more space, indeterminate varieties are a good choice, as they will continue to grow and produce fruit throughout the season. Khloroz Garden Center has heirloom Tomato Seeds Variety also. 12×12 Growbag is sufficient to grow one tomato plant.
- Start with healthy seedlings: Whether you start your tomato plants from seed or seedlings, make sure they are healthy and disease-free. Look for plants with sturdy stems and deep green leaves. Avoid plants with yellow or brown leaves or signs of pests or disease.
- Plant tomatoes in the right location. Tomatoes need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight each day, so choose a sunny spot in your garden. They also need well-draining soil with plenty of organic matter. If you have heavy clay soil, amend it with compost or other organic matter to improve drainage.
- Provide support for your plants. Tomatoes are vining plants and need support to grow upright. You can use cages, stakes, or trellises to keep your plants off the ground and promote good air circulation.
- Water and fertilize regularly. Tomatoes need consistent moisture to thrive, so water them deeply once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions. Fertilize your plants with a balanced fertilizer every 2-3 weeks, or use compost or other organic matter to provide nutrients. Can use Khloroz’s Vermicompost at 2-3 weeks interval.
- Prune your plants. Removing the suckers, or small shoots that grow between the main stem and the branches, can help your plants produce larger, healthier fruit. It also improves air circulation and reduces the risk of disease.
- Harvest your tomatoes at the right time. Tomatoes are ripe when they are fully colored and slightly soft to the touch. Pick them as soon as they are ripe to avoid overripe fruit and to encourage the plant to continue producing.
By following these proven techniques for growing tomatoes at home, you can transform your garden into a bountiful oasis of fresh, delicious tomatoes. Happy gardening!
The marigold, among mortals called the herb of the sun, is rightly so named, since it retains its golden color even when it is dried– Pliny the Elder
If you’re looking for a simple yet striking addition to your home garden, look no further than Khloroz African marigolds. These beautiful, bright yellow or orange flowers are easy to grow and care for, making them a great choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners alike.
Grow Marigold in your garden
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African marigolds, also known as Tagetes erecta, are native to Mexico and Central America but have been cultivated all over the world for their stunning flowers. They are a popular choice for home gardeners due to their hardiness, pest resistance, and the fact that they are relatively low maintenance. Khloroz African Marigold seeds are best for Beginners as the germination is good.
Here’s what you need to know to successfully grow African marigolds in your home garden:
Soil and Sunlight African marigolds grow best in well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter, so it’s a good idea to amend your soil with compost or other organic material before planting. They also prefer full sunlight, so make sure to choose a location that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.
Planting: Khloroz African marigolds can be grown from seed or transplanted as young seedlings. If you’re starting from seed, sow them directly into the soil after the last frost in your area. If you’re transplanting seedlings, wait until they have at least two sets of true leaves before transplanting them into the ground.
Watering: While African marigolds can tolerate dry conditions, they do best with consistent watering. Water deeply once or twice a week, rather than shallowly every day, to encourage deep root growth.
Fertilizing: African marigolds are not heavy feeders and do not require much fertilizer. A light application of a balanced fertilizer every six to eight weeks should be sufficient.
Deadheading: To encourage continuous blooming, it’s a good idea to deadhead your African marigolds. This means removing spent flowers before they have a chance to go to seed. Simply pinch off the flower head and discard it.
Pest Control: African marigolds are relatively pest-resistant, but they can occasionally be affected by aphids, spider mites, and other common garden pests. If you notice any signs of infestation, treat your plants with a natural pesticide or insecticidal soap.
With just a little bit of care and attention, you can enjoy the vibrant beauty of African marigolds in your home garden all season long. Their cheerful blooms are sure to brighten up your space and bring a smile to your face every time you see them. So why not give them a try this year?