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Satish
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November 23, 2010 - 9:33 pm
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Hi everyone:

I seek your help in identifying and planting plants that emit pleasant scents. I already have Jasmine (Motia & Chameli) and what we in the north of the country call "Raat ki Rani"! All these were planted by my late parents, God bless them! This year I multiplied the Jasmine plants by taking stem cuttings and got four more "Raat ki Raani" plants from a nursery. I believe that in the south also a particular scented plant is called "Raat ki Rani" which has rather large blooms. I would like to know more about it and even get a couple of the plants if someone could help me. There must be many other scented plants one could grow too. Would appreciate information regarding these. The one in the north has slim & small white flowers that give out a very pleasant smell at a certain temperature in winters. While it should not be warm it does not smell whein its too cold either. For example today it was emitting a super scent from around 7 pm to 9 pm and then suddenly stopped as it got colder. But it was wonderful as long as it lasted. Thanks and 'aromatic' regards.

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Revathi
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Hi Satish

 

there is another variety of jasmine called JUHI in Hindi,  which is also heavily scented.  Parijatham or Harshringar or Parijath in Hindi is also a  scented shrub that does very well in Delhi.  It blooms from August/September to November.  Gardenia also does well in Delhi.  Hope this helps

 

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Revathi said:

Hi Satish

 

there is another variety of jasmine called JUHI in Hindi,  which is also heavily scented.  Parijatham or Harshringar or Parijath in Hindi is also a  scented shrub that does very well in Delhi.  It blooms from August/September to November.  Gardenia also does well in Delhi.  Hope this helps

 

Revathi


Hi Revathi:

Thanks for reminding me about Juhi! I will try and get a plant from somewhere. We have had 'Harsinghar' in the garden twice before but were cut down each time because it seems to attract an insect that looks like a caterpillar and is very hurtful if touched. Thanks again & regards.Smile

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Satish
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Hi GG:

Please consider merging this topic with the one named as "Growing fragrant flowering plants" which is in any case a better name for this subject. Also, can you please help me identify a plant called "Raat ki Rani" in Bangalore? Regards

Satish

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Raman
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hi 

Raat ki rani is nothing but night queen. it is available at almost all nurseries in India. It quite common flowering shrub in this subcontinent.

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Hi,

My experience of growing it in a 8lts plastic container in coco peat, perliteand compost has been great, it continuously flowers and fills my home with the amazing fragrance. The plant also responds well to pruning, which is required to keep it in the shape.

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Raman said:

hi 

Raat ki rani is nothing but night queen. it is available at almost all nurseries in India. It quite common flowering shrub in this subcontinent.

Raman


Hi Raman:

The "Raat ki Rani" we have in Delhi has very slim tubular flowers. I believe there is a variety in the south that has large round flowers and smells even better than the one we have in Delhi. Is this true? Regards.

Satish

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Raman
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Hi satish,

Tomorrow I will post the pictures of Night queen. Lot of it is blooming right now at Bangalore(on my terrace pot).That will give the correct idea of what I am referring to.

Even Climatis is a very fragrant creeper. The flower smells only at a few feet away from creeper not near it. I don't know why. I will post the picture which i have taken few years ago, since I pruned only few weeks back.

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Hi Raman:

Thanks a lot for your help. Am really excited about the pictures that you have promised. Thanks again & regards.

Satish

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The raat ki raani in the North has a stronger fragrance. I remember as child…could smell it blocks away. Another beautiful plant with colourful flowers is Rangoon creeper…called madhumalti in Hindi.

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Hi,

I have uploaded night queen / raat ki rani flowers in full bloom. Also you can see clematis creeper.

Night queen smells real sweet and can smell at a great distance only after late evening.

 

http://picasaweb.google.com/10.....directlink

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Hi Raman:

Thanks a lot for uploading the beautiful pictures. First of all it has rid of the wrong belief that the "Raat ki Rani" of south India is different from the one found in Delhi!! It is exactly the same. I am hoping that the four new seedlings that I planted a few months ago will bloom as profusely as yours! The clematis creeper is something new for me. Do you know its botanical name? That will make it easier to get from the nurseries here. Thanks & regards.

Satish

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Hi,

Do we get Raat Ki Rani seeds?

I have a friend who lives out of India who wanted to know, since it may not be possible for her to carry a plant back with her.

Thanks

Patricia

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Hi satish

 It seems you have a great facination for scented flowers.I potted two jasmin(motia) almost a year back.I need your expert advice.

 I haven't got any bloom so far and besides this there are white patches on the leaves. What is the reason for these patches? Is it some deficiency and if so what shoud be added( I use only organic fertilizers). I had sprayed neem oil+soap  mix. How long does motia plant take to bloom and what is the right time to do pruning?

Thanks in advance.

Green enthu

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Satish
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Hi Greenenthu:

Yes, I enjoy fragrant flowers and I bet you do too! When the 'Raat ki Rani' in our garden blooms it is heavenly. Motia is not that strong but we collect the flowers in the evening to have their wonderful scent in the rooms! The questions you are asking are too technical/scientific!! I have never had any problems with Motia. Last year I planted some cuttings myself and they all rooted successfully. I then transferred them to the soil and they are doing well now. May be GG can help you with your problems. Regards

SatishSmile

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Hi  Satish

I am growing seasonal flowers for many years but annual  I had only hibiscus and it is going wonderful for many years. I believe its a hard plant. Motia was my first trial in fragrance catagory. You have inspired me to grow raat ki raani also. One question from your experience- How many months/years it takes to flower after it is planted? I am being impatient for flowers because I am used to of seasonasl which start giving flowers after 2 months only.

Hope i will get a reply from GG about other technical questions.

Happy gardening

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Greenenthu 

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Hello Greenenthu.

Jasmine must be pruned at the start of the cold weather say sometime around nov-dec. They need plenty of sunlight to flower. Reduce nitrogenous fertilizer and add more P and K. Bone meal, Rockphosphate are all rich in P and wood ash is rich in K.
Since they are ornamentals(not consumed as food), I would readily use inorganic fertilizers but opinion differs and I totally respect that.

It takes around 4-6 months for it to start flowering from the time of planting.

NOTE: I have 2 plants of Raat ki rani and thanks to satish for inspiring me to grow the same 🙂

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greenenthu said:

Hi  Satish

I am growing seasonal flowers for many years but annual  I had only hibiscus and it is going wonderful for many years. I believe its a hard plant. Motia was my first trial in fragrance catagory. You have inspired me to grow raat ki raani also. One question from your experience- How many months/years it takes to flower after it is planted? I am being impatient for flowers because I am used to of seasonasl which start giving flowers after 2 months only.

Hope i will get a reply from GG about other technical questions.

Happy gardening

Embarassed

Greenenthu 


Hi Greenenthu:

Raat ki Rani should bloom in about five to six months. Then even your neighbours will appreciate the fragrance!! I am sure next year you will plant more of these. I have a Hibiscus plant that has not borne flowers for many years. Can one do something about it? Last year I took a cutting from this plant and it rooted quickly. Now it is growing quite fast. Hopefully I will be luckier with this one. Regards.

Satish

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Hi GG and satish

Thanks to both of you for valuable advice. I have already added bone meal and now searching for wood ash. Hope now I will get bloom.

Happy gardening

 

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Greenenthu

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Satish
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Hi GG:

THANK YOU for saying I inspired you to plant Raat ki Rani. As I have said elsewhere, you are very generous with your compliments! In any case, I am sure very soon your neighbours will be asking you for some plants too. It is really infectious! With you taking a liking for it, we will see lots more of these plants everywhere. Here's to an even more 'fragrant' India!! I have tried to post this message a number of times but am 'denied access'. Wonder what I was doing wrongly. Regards.

Satish

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