Remember these While Caring for a Mogra Plant

Remember these While Caring for a Mogra Plant

Flowers are a favourite with everyone. Flowering plants? More so! And if that flower has a beautiful fragrance, it just tops the list of plants that one would want to have at home.

Jasmine Mogra/ White Mogra

Has beautiful flowers

Mogra is one such flowering plant that is a favourite among plant parents. The Mogra plant is mostly known for its pleasant fragrance, more than the beautiful flowers that it produces. The plant generally grows as a shrub, but can also be grown as a climber.

The Mogra plant is native to India and thus is more commonly known as Arabian Jasmine in other parts of the world. Some other rather popular names of the Mogra plant are listed below.

  • Chameli
  • Jai
  • Jui
  • Kunda
  • Kundumalligai
  • Madanban flower
  • Mallika
  • Moonshine in the Garden
  • Sayali

Mogra Plant Height

Also known as Jasmine Sambac

Scientifically referred to as the Jasmine Sambac, the Mogra flower plant can just grow up to a height of 0.5 to 3 meters, and can easily spread around 8 to 10 inches in width.

The leaves of the Mogra plant are of a fleshy deep green colour and are almost stalkless. The leaves grow around 4 to 12.5 cm in length, and up to a width of around 2 to 7.5 centimetres.

Mogra Plant Flowering Season

The Mogra flowers usually grow in a cluster of around three to twelve flowers. The Mogra flowers are sparkly white and are heavily scented. The flowering season is generally around the summer or the rainy days. However, certain Mogra plants can bloom during the other times of the year as well.

During the summer and the rainy season, the Mogra plant flowers appear in phases. Once bloomed, a particular batch of flowers remains on the plant for just around 7 days. The plant then takes around a month or so to produce a second or the next phase of flowers.

It is important to note that as one phase of flowering comes to an end, watering the plant is paused for a couple of days. Watering the plant is resumed only when the next phase of blooming sets in.

How to Grow Mogra Plant from Cutting

Cuttings are probably the best means to grow a Mogra plant. Unlike growing a plant from the Mogra seeds, a plant grown from cuttings grows a lot faster. One can easily extract the cuttings of the Mogra plant online or from a nearby nursery. However, if you want to take a cutting from another Mogra plant, make sure that the mother plant is healthy and make sure that you use a sterilized knife to acquire the cutting.

Once planted, a Mogra plant can easily thrive for around 10 to 15 years. Monsoon or the rainy season is the best time to plant a Mogra tree.

Here is a step-by-step guide on growing a Mogra plant from cutting.

  • Start with setting up the planter. Any regular planter that is around 12 inches wide will do well for the plant.
  • Fill the planter with some good quality and well-draining potting soil that is rich in organic matter.
  • Make sure that the cutting you use does not have any leaves, buds or flowers on its surface and dip the cut end of some rooting hormone.
  • Insert the cutting in the container and place it in an appropriate spot, with lots of bright sunlight to encourage growth.

Avoid watering the cutting too frequently until it successfully establishes roots and starts growing. Too much water at such a stage can harm the growth of the plant.

Mogra Plant Care in Summer Season

Grows well in partial shade

Summer is mostly the time of the blooming of Mogra plants. For a Mogra plant to bloom, it is important to ensure that the plant is taken well care of. Here are a few pointers that one should keep in mind while caring for a Mogra plant, especially during the summer days.

Sunlight is an important requirement of plants, and so it is for the Mogra plant. The plant can thrive well in both partial shade and full sun. But for the best blooms, one must place the plant in some bright sunlight. On other days, the plant can be placed in a partially shaded region. But once the blooming time comes around, make sure that you shift the plant to a bright spot.

Watering the right amount and at the right time is an essential requirement in all kinds of plants, even succulents and cacti. The Mogra plant too requires the right watering schedule. The watering needs of the plant aren’t anything extraordinary but moderate. In the summer, spring and fall, water the Mogra tree as and when the top layer of the soil seems to dry out. Avoid over-watering at all costs as it can lead to water-logging which can, in turn, kill the plant.

The soil that the Mogra is planted in also plays an important role in the growth of the plant, no matter the season. It is advisable to plant it in a good quality potting mix, has excellent drainage capabilities and is also rich in organic matter. A little acidic soil, preferably between the pH ranges of 5 to 8 is best to promote the growth of a Mogra plant. One can easily buy such a potting mix for the Mogra plant online or through stores. You can also make your potting mix at home by mixing two parts of loam soil with one part of well-decomposed cow manure.

Mogra is a tropical plant and thus, loves being planted in a warm climate. The best-preferred temperature range for growing a Mogra plant is 5 to 26 degrees Celsius. As for the humidity requirements of the plant, a humidity level of 50% to 80% suits the plant the best. If the humidity levels are not met naturally, you can take to misting the plant regularly, or just buy a humidifier.

Pruning a plant is essential to make sure that the plant does not grow out of bounds. The Mogra plant also needs pruning quite often as it is a natural vine. Pruning becomes all the more necessary if you want to maintain the plant as a shrub. One can easily prune a Mogra plant by cutting off the stems of the plant that seem to turn brown and/or are unhealthy. Another trick to make the plant grow bushier is cutting off the top of the nods and buds. Remember, take up pruning only after the flowering period of the plant comes to an end.

Homemade Fertilizer for Mogra Plant

Helps to cope with nutrient needs

Fertilization is another important requirement of the Mogra plant. Like any other plant, fertilization should be done in the winter and spring seasons, as it helps to encourage the growth of the plant and promote the development of Mogra flowers. The best fertilizer, in this case, would be one that consists of more quantity of phosphorus than potassium or nitrogen. However, it is also important to note that all of these three components are present in the fertilizer that you use on the Mogra plant.

A fertilizer of 7-9-5 is ideal for the Mogra plant, i.e. 7% nitrogen, 9% phosphorus and 5% potassium. Also, before using a fertilizer, remember to dilute it to half its strength.

You can easily source such a fertilizer for the Mogra plant online, or through stores that deal in such products. However, you can also make yourself one of these easily at home, and that too by just using some coffee. Yes, you read that right!

As mentioned earlier, Mogra plants do better when grown in acidic soil, mostly between the pH ranges of 5 to 8. Now, coffee grounds can help enhance the level of acidity in the soil as they are rich in nitrogen, magnesium, and potassium, chemicals that are pretty best for this purpose of alleviation. Just spray out some coffee grounds on a sheet of paper and let them dry out overnight. The next day, just sprinkle the coffee grounds to the root ball of the Mogra plant, or even in the soil, to fertilize the plant.

Popular and Common Types of Mogra

There are several different types of the Mogra plant. Here we have mentioned some of the most common and popular varieties of Mogra.

Butt Mogra/ Rose Mogra Flower

One of the most popular varieties of the Jasmine plant, the Butt Mogra or the Rose Mogra grows as a shrub and is mostly known for its medicinal properties. The plant prefers to grow in bright sunlight and can even tolerate over-watering and under-watering to some extent. This variety of the Mogra plant can generally grow up to a height of 2 meters and produces white flowers.

Hazari Mogra

The Hazari Mogra flower plant is named so because it produces flowers in huge clusters, making it seem that hundreds of thousands of flowers are tied closely together. Scientifically referred to as the Clerodendrum Chinense, the Hazari Mogra plant generally grows up to a height of just 1.5 meters, spanning over a width of 6 inches. The plant gives off a beautiful fragrance and requires much less watering as compared to the other varieties.

Yellow Mogra Flower

 

Easy to grow and care for

More popular as the Italian Jasmine, the Yellow Mogra flower plant is scientifically referred to as the Jasminum Humble. This variety of the Mogra plant is one of the most easy-to-care varieties of the plant and can flourish with little attention. The Yellow Mogra flower, as the name suggests is yellow, more like a buttercup-yellow. The blooming period off the plant starts from around late winter or early fall.

FAQS

Here we have answered some FAQS to help you know more about the Mogra Plant.

Are jasmine and mogra the same?

The Mogra plant, popularly known as the Arabian Jasmine, is a rather popular variety of the Jasmine plant. Mogra is more like an Indian name for this variety of the Jasmine plant.

What is mogra called in English?

In English, Mogra is known as the Arabian Jasmine. In scientific terms, the Mogra plant is referred to as the Jasmine Sambac. There are also different other Indian names for the plant such as Mallika, Madanban, Sayali, etc.

How do you grow mogra at home?

One can easily grow a Mogra plant at home, as the plant requires just a little care and effort. Just make sure that you place the plant in bright light to encourage blooms, but it can also do well in partial light. Moreover, it is also important to water the plant in the right amounts and at the right time.

Why is my mogra plant not flowering?

There can be several reasons that could hinder the blooming of a Mogra plant. For one thing, the plant can do well in partial light but bright light is necessary to encourage blooms. It is also important to maintain the right temperatures to encourage the plant to bloom.

How to grow mogra plant from cutting?

To grow a Mogra plant from cutting, first make sure that the plant you extract the cutting from is healthy. Also, make sure to dip the cut end in rooting hormone before planting it to encourage better growth of the plant.

How to grow Mogra plant in Pot?

To grow the Mogra plant in a pot, make sure that you use a potting mix that is rich in organic better, is well-draining and is of good quality. Place the pot at a spot that gets enough sunlight. Water the plant from time to time, while also fertilizing it when the need arises.

Why do jasmine flowers bloom at night?

Yes, certain varieties of the Jasmine plant do bloom at night. These are known as the Night-blooming Jasmine. The flowers bloom at night as the flower-generating hormones of the plant migrate to the flowering shoots only during the dark.

 


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