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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gardening Is Green Always Good Feng Shui for Garden

Is green always good for your garden? a terrace garden with lush green plants , leaves flowing with the breeze, fragrance spreading everywhere, how good is your garden? Is it feng shuid? do you feel happy, relaxed here or tired and losing energy ?
Feng Shui Tips for Garden
After the rains as all our plants were at their best, greenery and more greenery,a s it seems is very nice, but just how much? too much of anything is not good. As the principles of feng shui for any garden it must have all the elements in harmony, that is fire, earth, metal, water and wind. An overgrown garden will usually not give out positive vibes and instead develop feelings of anxiousness, uneasiness and restlessness.
Why do you feel all these emotions in the same garden, that which once felt so good, happy. All this happens in any garden when it becomes overgrown. The plants have grown huge as compared to their pots and the place seems cluttered. Feng shui clutter may have different meanings.
Plants are considered very good in feng shui but just how much will depend on the energy they produce. As in jungles we get scared as the fear of hidden animals and insect but in a garden we feel happy because the sheer number and size of plants is small or proportionate to the area of your garden.
While taking positive steps for improving the garden landscape design the garden feng shui began with clutter clearing.We had to part with a few fruit plants, (though i did cry to part with them!)and give them land where they can grow much better and fruit better.The over grown plants were trimmed, sorted out and babies transplanted making more space in their homes. Another important point here was smaller pots require more care as they have less soil and dry out sooner. Larger pots have more water retaining capacity and can do away without few waterings as their root system is much stronger. Clutter free your garden and this affects the energy in your life and relationships, feng shui for relationships works best when first clutter in every  field is addressed.


Beautiful Single Rose Flower
An important lesson I learned, "green is not always good" but just the right amount of healthy green is good.
 Have plants in your homes and garden but do keep a check on the number of plants and the space you have available. If you are an obsessed gardener lover just like me, you may share few plants or give away few ones to maintain the harmony in your garden. Which brings me to another  agenda, buying some rare colorful flowering bulbs is on wish list, will keep updated!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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Natural Pest Control and Air Purification , Sansevieria Snake Plants Care and Tips

Curled and Twisted Snake Plant
 Natural pest control with plants. After looking at the snake shape and mouse are scared of snakes, thus these plants provide natural pest control. Snake plants or sansevieria plants are of different types. With the two types of sansevieria we have in our terrace garden,  tall shoots we have that look like snakes, there are also other plants that have their leaves curled and grow in circular direction. The snake plant as it is often called is because the plant looks very similar to a snake and can be used to protect your garden from pests like mice and harmful birds. Our ones though have become friendly with the plant!
Tall Leaves Snake Plants
 Tips and care for Sansevieria snake plant: A very easy growing plant this snake plant grows from rhizomes buried underground. The plant can be grown by dividing the rhizome with cutter and planting small pieces of rhizomes to have new snake plants. Naturally the snake plants multiply sideways and grow new babies around the original plant.The snake plant requires less watering and can do away with few dry spells.The snake plant looks very beautiful with tall dark green shaded designer leaves and can be placed on any spot inside the home. This is a very easy and simple growing plant that does not require much care and can be grown indoors also.Plant the rhizomes in well draining soil as the snake plant does not like to stay in soggy soil and may rot.
Circular sansevieria Plants
The most beautiful arrangement of plants , dark green with self designs , the snake plant is available in many self printed natural designs. Some plants have stripes, some are shaded design patterns, whereas some have yellow border named 'mother in laws tongue". You can plant these easy growing snake plants forming any design or patterns in your garden and even in a big container there are immense possibilities and variations in garden design with these snake plants. You can also grow different types of snake plants/sansevieria in a center or garden corner planting a combination of circular and tall snake plants. We have these plants as circular and tall combination growing pattern in a single container.
Natural air purifiers: these snake plants have been proved to purify air bacteria and toxins in the environment. Growing indoors helps to provide a natural pest control and air purifier which removes and purifies the air inside. now a days when we have air conditioners and the same air is circulated inside these snake plants are very good air purifiers.
The snake plants can do with less sunlight, low humidity levels and less care, as they look fresh.They enliven any dull and stagnant corner and are considered very good feng shui plants for growing indoors.
problems with growing snake plants comes only when the soil is not well draining one and water cogs to the roots. The white fungus attacks are common with over watering or more stagnant water in the pot. The circular plants grow well and happily in hanging baskets and the tall ones are happy when grown in a pot and placed in a corner.
care is required when you have small children in your home as the leaves of snake plant has sharp edges. And the tips also are quite pointed. Also when you have pets, like cats and dogs around , at first they get scared but later on becoming familiar with the snake statue they may also get hurt while playing or jumping around. The snake plants are best grown in corners and never in center of home.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Healthy Spider Lily Flower Plants Tips and Care

Healthy spider lily flower plants with white big blooms look very welcoming and attractive. I love the big sized blooms that grow in bunches and the heavenly fragrance that can be felt from far. The spider lily plants were grown because of the famous white flowers used in garlands and marriage decorations. but I came to know that they require very little care and are among one of the easiest growing flowering plants.


Spider Lily Plant with Fresh White Blooms
 These bulbous spider lily plants once grown take root very fast and spread very fast. So our spider lily plants bulb has taken over the whole container and I have also divided the bulbs into other container as I love the thick foliage of big leaves of the spider lily plant. the spider lily plants leaves are elongated and large in size, very good feng shui plant with big leaves.As in feng shui bigger leaves indicate big money and good for wealth luck when planted in the north or north west section of your home or garden.
Pure Fragrant Spider lily Flowers
 Tips for growing healthy spider lily plants in containers- The spider lily plants are grown best when they are root bound. The bulbs then multiply very fast so if you wish to keep them smaller grow them in smaller pots only. If you wish the spider lily plants grow thicker and fuller select large pots so that the spider lily bulbs  multiply fast. The plants are very easy growing and require much less care and water. Each spider lily plant develops stems, a large thick stem which develops many buds on the single stem. The flowers are fragrant and large in size.
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Healthy Spider lily Plant Tips
An important tip for growing healthy spider lily is to allow the dried flowering stems after flowering to dry on the plant itself. Many times when all the flowers have boomed we tend to cut of the stem before drying and this harms the natural process of the spider lily plant. let the stem dry off and fall naturally to keep your spider lily bulb healthy an give many blooms.
Big Buds on Spider Lily Plants

Close up of Spider lily White flower
Grow this spider lily plant for its fragrance and all year round blooms!

Why My Good Luck Bamboo Plants are Drying- Important Tip for Growing Healthy bamboo Trees in Container

Why my bamboo plants are drying, was wondering even during and after rainy season when other plants are happily blooming at their best my bamboo plant was drying. The bamboo shoots were also looking dried as the leaves turned into golden brown and fell off slowly. In few days I noticed the leaves had all shed with the barren stalks and was so worried lest I lose my favorite good luck plant.

Original Bamboo Plant in Container
 I had tried hard to get this original feng shui bamboo plant and as it is believed in feng shui the bamboo plant is considered very auspicious and prosperity plant bringing good luck I was more worried. Then as I usually do, critical hospital care, I do not leave them to die!  I try all means to revive them if possible. My first step was to move the bamboo plant in a more shaded area so that it gets rest from the afternoon heat which had increased after the rainy season. Still the leaves of bamboo plant were drying and falling and the whole terrace garden would be covered with dried bamboo leaves, a sad sight !: Then the next step was to check the root system for any disease or pests attack. So the whole Bamboo plant growing in container was uprooted to find out the main cause of bamboo drying even after watering. And here it was the roots were so firmly stuck up in the container that they had grown hard, no space!
New leaves n the bamboo Plant in Container
 So though we had planted the bamboo trees in a big container the babies had grown much more as in height so also in width, and of course the roots! The roots becoming too much the bamboos did not have any scope to grow and as a result the whole bamboo plant was dying a gradual death. Trimming the roots did the trick and then I also planted the bamboo trees plant in a bigger container.
Fresh Leaves on Dried bamboo Plant
Tips for growing healthy Bamboo Trees in Containers-
1) Select a partially shaded area for your bamboo trees growing in containers. I had kept the bamboo in full sunlight so this may be one of the reason the roots had grown much faster. If the bamboo trees are grown in full sunlight the trees will dry out soon, the plants may not die but most of the leaves and tips will always look dried. So for fresh green shoots  on bamboo trees plant the good luck bamboo tree plant in containers in a partially shaded area which receives sunlight for some part of the day or indirect light.
2) As is believed that the prosperity bamboo trees do not require much water is not true. They need water regularly but can do away with few waterings if grown in shaded areas.
3) Trim your bamboo trees growing in containers when they grow thicker and dense so that they do not out grow their space soon.
4) It is Ok to feed your bamboo tree plants growing in containers as other plants though they do not require much, but once in six months the soil will grow dry and barren of nutrients so adding them would nourish the soil and the plant.
5) finally if your feng shui good luck bamboo trees growing in containers are drying continuously check out for the roots, if they have out grown trim them and then plant the bamboo trees in another container with fresh soil or adding some fresh soil as the original soil will be full of dried roots which will not nourish the plant for new growth.
The good luck bamboo trees in feng shui are considered very auspicious especially because they bend and sway with the wind and as the breeze blows they make a rustling sound which is very soothing to the mind.The bamboo trees are considered good luck prosperity plants because in the Buddhism Tibetan culture it is believed that an individual should develop characteristics like a bamboo tree.Hollow from within, strong , firm but able to bend and adjust with situations. I love the sound they make when the breeze blows and this brings in lots of beneficial positive chi into the terrace garden and our home.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Eat Basmati Rice Daily! The Basmati Rice Fragrant Leaves Plant

Fragrant Basmati Rice Plant
 Eat Basmati rice daily, yes it is true. After planting this lovely easy growing basmati rice plant veg and non veg pulaos are never the same!Even all rice dishes go fragrant when we use the leaves of Basmati rice leaf plant. The Basmati rice leaf plant is just like an ordinary grass and looks similar to rajni gandha or herbal tea leaves, lemon grass plant.
Close up of Roots in Basmati Rice Plant
An easy growing  plant this does not require much care and grows like wild once rooted. Requires less water and is happy in  a shaded corner of your garden or window sill. The name as suggests comes from the fresh basmati fragrance the leaves emit when they are steamed and used in cooking.
The basmati rice plant is not original rice plant but has got its name from the fragrance similar to basmati rice.The plant develops roots from below and sides of each sapling and can be planted as new basmati rice plants. The basmati rice plant leaves are a fresh green and very soothing to the eyes.The leaves themselves do not have any fragrance and only with heat they will start giving out the basmati rice fragrance. In summer afternoons when the plant leaves turn brown due to sunlight the whole garden becomes fragrant of basmati rice fragrance.
How to use basmati rice leaves- the right technique is very important and as you smell the leaves directly you will not get any smell and this looks also like any other grass plant. Like you use dry spices and condiments this plant leaves also can be added when frying in oil the onions or best in rice dishes when the pulao or biryani is nearly cooked and kept for few minutes under steam finally you add the washed leaves in the rice dish, stir well and then close the lid and cook on slow heat. Then begins the fragrance that will not only spread into your home but also in your whole premises. Enjoy Basmati rice daily! All the Best from Rizwana!

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