Winter, when all plants take rest, we have added a few new ones to our family. With tagar one of them , a beautiful medicinal plant with white fragrant flowers. The gladiolus bulbs after taking rest this year, we did not get blooms the whole year, are now sprouting with new life. Hoping to see some red burst in the garden this new year. Double tagar is a shrub growing with dark green leaves. The plant looks almost similar to anant or geraniums. The flowers are a pure white, just like white roses. The tagar plant has lots of medicinal uses one of them being sedative. The beautiful white heavenly blooms covering the green plant look very attractive in this winter climate.
Tagar is a beautiful plant which has snow-white flowers throughout the year. It is a very hardy plant and grows in full sun. It can be trimmed to give a desired shape. The leaves are glossy ashy grey. This plant's best feature is its delightful fragrance.
Watering your Plants
Plants in containers will dry out much sooner and need watering more often. To determine when the plant needs watering, stick your finger down into the soil and if is dry water the plant thoroughly. Because frequent watering will wash the plant food out of the soil, and the plant will utilize the limited soil nutrients they will be depleted much more rapidly, so a regular feeding program should be established according to the type of plant. During the growing season, either a slow release type plant food should be used or a soluble complete fertilizer should be used every two weeks. ALWAYS follow the manufacturers recommendations.
Choosing the Right Pot or Planter
- Just about anything that will hold soil may be used as a planter. Ideally, the pot should have a diameter equal to 1/3 to 1/2 the height of the plant.
- Anything you use, though should have holes drilled in the bottom to allow the surplus water to drain away from the soil. The biggest cause of death to container grown plants is overwatering and consequent drowning.
- If it impossible to drill the holes you can add a layer of gravel below the soil, but watering must be monitored more closely. It may be more appropriate to put your plant into a regular pot and then place it inside your decorative planter. If you are building a planter using wood, use rot resistant wood such as redwood or cedar, and coat the inside with waterproof paint.
Choosing the Right Planting Mix
- The choice of growing medium is extremely important. It must have the capability of holding water, but it must also be porous and drain easily. I prefer to use commercial potting mixes. There are many available, but they can vary a lot in quality, so be prepared to add organic materials such as compost or peat moss for moisture retention and course builders sand for drainage.
- The use of garden soil should be totally avoided because of the risk of insect infestations and soil borne diseases and fungi.
- If you need a large quantity of mix and using bagged potting soil is cost prohibitive you can create your own mix. A good container mix should consist of one part of rich loam, one part course sand or perlite, and one part peat moss, compost, or other organic matter (bark, etc.)
- If you are growing acid loving plants such as Rhododendrons, Azaleas or Heathers the mix should contain two parts peat moss instead of one.