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Growing Indian Marigolds from it's dried petals
Marigolds are the most commonly used flowers in India, for decorations in weddings, festivals, and other special occasions.
They are extensively used in homes and temples for worshiping, and are considered auspicious for religious purposes.
Genda or the Indian Marigolds are easily available in flower markets, in the form of garlands, Toran—for door decorations, temple decorations and even loose flowers, for offerings in prayers.
Although, it can be found throughout the year, Winter is the season, when one can see abundance of Marigold blossoms, all around in home gardens, parks, public spaces etc.
Marigold farming is quite common in India, and there are big farms for the cultivation of these gorgeous flowers.
Planting and growing your own Marigold flowers is easy and inexpensive
Growing your plants and flowers is fun and less expensive. With a little bit of care and planning, you can grow your own flowers.
I used to buy potted Marigold plants from the nurseries or horticulture centres.
But, then I came to know through one of my friends that these flowers can be grown from spent flowers, whose petals have dried.
I had planted these dried petals in October- November, because it takes around two to three months, before the blooms appear. And, it coincides with the Winter season in India.
If you don’t have much space for gardening, you can still grow these flowers in clay pots, or directly into the soil. But, while growing them in pots, make sure that the pot gets 4 to 5 hours of Sunlight everyday, as the Marigolds love to bloom in bright Sunlight.
Following is the step by step method of planting and growing the marigolds, with pictures.
Step by step method to grow Indian Marigold flowers with dried petals
How to grow Indian Marigold flowers from it’s dried petals
After blossoming, usually the flowers remain healthy for a week on the branches of the Marigold plants. When their petals start looking a little dry, cut it or pluck it neatly from their branches.
Break them gently and spread the petals on a paper or cotton cloth.
Let them dry at room temperature.
On a spread of moist garden soil, spread the dried petals. You can mix some amount of natural fertiliser/ compost in the soil.
Spray some water regularly, to keep the soil moist, but not soggy.
You will be able to see small sprouted plants within 2 to 3 weeks. Make sure that the soil, where you want your Marigolds should have 4 to 5 hours of Sunlight. Remember to spray water everyday, but do not overwater the sprouts.
The flowers will start blooming within another two weeks.
Usually the Marigold plants grow about 8 to 10 inches high, when they start bearing flowers. But, if you plant them directly in the ground soil, they may grow much taller.
The same process can be repeated with fresh blossoms, so that you can always grow these pretty flowers on your own, without having to buy them from another source.
The Marigold is symbolic of:
*The Marigold flower is symbolic of the power and positivity of the Sun.
*The Marigold signifies good luck, grace, joy, charm, comfort, and gratitude.
*Be a Marigold—Encourage, Support and Nurture.
Marigold flowers are considered significant in Indian Weddings
Indian weddings are unimaginable without the Marigold flowers. The rich golden colour and soothing fragrance of the marigolds is synonymous with celebrations, festivals, weddings, and other special occasions.
The mandap decorations, where the wedding rituals are performed is beautifully decorated with marigold flowers.
The bride and the bridegroom exchange garlands, which is prepared with various flowers, such as rose, jasmine, orchids, and of course, the bright and vibrant marigold flowers.
The Marigold flowers are symbolic of the Lord Sun, and Lord Vishnu, and it’s a religious tradition to offer these flowers to the deities, in worships and prayers.
It is also considered good for positive energy.
Yellow, light yellow and reddish yellow, all these colours of Marigold flowers are extensively used for wedding decorations in India.
Marigold flowers cultivation in India, source: YouTube
The medicinal properties of Marigold flowers
- The Indian Marigold flower is used for medicinal purposes in homeopathy and Ayurvedic medicines.
- It is one of the ancient and most commonly used herbal remedies used for skin infections, broken skins, eczema and other remedies.
- Yellow Marigold is popularly used in medicines for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Normally it is used for external use, for curing wounds, cuts and rashes.
- Marigold flowers act as good protection from Sun. It’s used in Sunscreens and it’s essential oil is used for application on face and skin.
- Marigold flower infused water is good for stomach pain and minor infections.
- The Marigold flower‘s tea is useful in easing cramps and spasms during periods in women.
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Growing Marigolds from seeds, Source: YouTube
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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