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Monday, October 03 2022

Brahma Lotus – a distinct surprise in sericulture

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The monsoon is battering the earth, while the backyards of household are blooming with Brahma lotus, which grows on plants on earth.

Whoever planted a flower plant has eagerness to see the buds blooming, because it does not bloom throughout the year.It only blooms either once in a year or once in two years that too only after sunset.

Usually, Brahma lotus blooms at the onset of monsoon.It blooms beyond its capacity especially during Ashada month of ancient calendar.Its indeed a great delight in the household garden.

It is indeed a wonder in sericulture as it belongs to cactus species, its botanical term is apifillam axipetalam, its called as Nishagandi in Hindi, midnight lily in America, orchid cactus, pod lily, cactus Bethlehem lily etc.

It was believed to be introduced by Portuguese sailors from South America and reached Indian continent during the seventeenth century.Indian species of similar flower is being found in Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir and other north Indian states.  It looks distinct from other flower plants as that grows from 10 to 20 feet height.Its growth is being sustained by branches.

It grows lush in any soil and does not need much manure.  It can be easily grown in pots indoors to curb air pollution.

At the onset of monsoon, the plants begin to bloom and flowers emerge, but that will happen only at night.

The plant blooms the buds and flowers only between 8.00pm to midnight. Its loaded in white petals with red layer, a rare treat indeed on the onlookers.The household families who were waiting for this rare treat throughout the year are much delighted of their experience.Meanwhile, the flower fades away by morning and drops on the ground. It is a great treat indeed to see the wonders of sericulture in our midst.

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