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Lakshmi
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September 7, 2012 - 2:25 pm
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Hi,

 

I just have a very small balcony space for my garden, but I do try to maximize what I have; I do not have too much sunlight too, but I like to experiment, and have tried my hand at many flowers before I finally had a bit of success.

 

Any ideas of shade loving flowers which i can add to my garden, and which I can get in chennai are much appreciated.

 

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regards
Lakshmi

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Lakshmi,

Wow what a colorful garden.......loved watching the blooms.....are the ixoras in ur collection dwarf variety......becoz they seem to bloom so profusely even as a bush......i was looking out for them....but the nurseries near our place don't have them, so I had to settle with similarly looking Pentas :)......welcome to the world of Gardening....

Regards,
Mrudula.

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Hi lakshmi ...

Wonderful set of plants in the small space u have . The yellow bouganvilla  is a steal . I have never come accross that shade in chennai . Whr did u get them ?

u can try out the nurseries in ECR ...they have a lot of shade plants and can guide u well too ...

@ mridula

Ixora hybrid are available in a lot of nurseries in chennai . U have to ask for the hybrid ones . They wld cost u some where from Rs 75 - Rs 100 .

i recently bought three colors .

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ushasoman
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@Lakshmi a lovely balcony. not very good at identifying the flowers could you mention the names of the one that are blooming without direct sunlight I have a lot of shade in my garden because of a gulmohar tree I planted 8 years ago !

wondering what plants will bloom in the shade.

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@ usha and other members ,

I would like to know what all flowering plants would do well in chennai . If people from chennai can list out the plants they had good success in their garden , we can try new species as well . This can be applicable to veggies as well .

i wld post a list asap of what all i had success with ....

We can also list shade loving plants as well . Even i have too much of shade due to the teak and coconut trees in my backyard . as of now i am growing a lot of ceylon palak  in the shades .

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Hi Mrudu, Usha and Premlatha,

 

I have always had success with ixoras in semi shade.. The bouganvilleas, i got them when I went on a trip to yelagiri, just plucked a branch from a roadside bush and came to chennai and planted in a pot.. was not even sure it will root, but it did and now it flowers regularly.

I have a red rose bush, I got it from Manjari nursery in Kotturpuram, they said its called Kashmir rose, this particular variety blooms like crazy, i have it in a very small pot, but it gives out 5 to 6 big flowers at any point. Also have many small pots of mini button roses.

Others I have are Orchids, yellow Alamanda creeper, pasiflora (passion flower), and jasmine. I try to place them in as much sun as they can get, but its pretty much very less direct sun.

Has anybody tried growing hydrangea in chennai? I love the flowers, but am not sure if it does well in chennai climate.

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@lakshmi did you grow the passion fruit from the seeds ?

@premlatha I have had success with with marigold, sunflower, balsam, adenium, table roses, ixora, hibiscus,yellow alamanda ,oleander, vinca flowers, but only with direct sunlight

I am trying out zinnia and purple alamanda

would like to know if there are any shade loving flowering plants

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Lakshmi
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@Usha, I bought paassion flower from a nursery in ECR  about a yr ago. it flowers quite well through out the year. Where did you buy the purple alamanda from? I hve been looking for alamanda, any color other than yellow, but never found it yet.

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@lakshmi purple alamanda was from an ECR nursery if I am not wrong it called Bhuvana ..not sure

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Even i have purple alamanda ....got it from ecr nursery .

As far as i know only orchids thrive in shaded region . Havent tried anyother ...

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I have a few orchids they refuse to flower ... it really tests your patience 🙁

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hi Usha,

 

Where did you get the orchids in Chennai? I am looking for them, so if anyone knows where i can get Orchids in Chennai, please let me know.

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@Lakshmi the SPIC Nursery in Kottupuram normally has orchids I bought a couple of them from there

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Wow Lakshmi...lovely flowers! Particularly love the shaded Hibiscus and the white Ixora.

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So Lovely!! I am getting a passion flower this weekend. It looks different.

 

I have a question!! How do u handle the mealybugs in the hibiscus...i tried soap water but it doesnt seem to be getting off. Any help would be great guys.

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The best way is to blast those buggers off the plant with a high pressure water jet. The next alternative is to squish them by hand.

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Hi Srikanth,

 

Thats what i did this weekend, i took soap water and squished them in hand. When i did I noticed that there was a big hole and when i took a closer look, there was a RAT, it digged a hole right inside the root, so i had to balance the plant and add some more soil and water. Now it looks better...phew!!!

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Lovely Balcony garden Lakshmi... seems you put a lot of efforts.

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fuschia loves shade. Has beautiful flowers in white and obviously fuschia.

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