How to grow a healthy flower farm
How to make a healthy crop?
A new survey has revealed the answer to this question.
In a survey of 1,200 farmers, the researchers said that in order to create a healthy blooming flower, you need to grow three or more varieties of flowers in the same space.
These flowers can then be harvested from one place, washed and dried and stored for later use.
This research was carried out in conjunction with the Maharashtra State Plant Science Research Institute (MSSPRI) which is a centre of research in flower production and has a plant science department.
It is also the institute that holds the world’s largest number of Indian and international seed varieties for flower production.
According to the survey, flower growers can harvest and store more than 90% of their flower stock.
The survey said that the number of flowers planted per hectare (h) has declined to 16,542 in the last five years from 28,874 in 2011.
The number of blooming flowers planted is on a par with other regions of the country.
“The data shows that there is a lot of interest in flower-growing and production of flower varieties in the country,” said Pravin Natarajan, secretary of the MSSPRI.
He said that there are more than 60 flower-producing districts across the country which include the state of Maharashtra, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and the Shiv Sena.
However, he said that even in these districts, there is only a small number of people in charge of planting and harvesting of flower-bearing varieties.
To ensure that they grow in sufficient numbers, the institute is planning to launch a seed bank in the next few years to help seed farmers grow seeds from more than 10,000 varieties of flower species.
Dr Nataravans’ research also revealed that there were more than 30 varieties of wild flowers in India which are not usually grown in the market.
One of these is the yellow rose which has an extremely long bloom.
Another is the pink rose which is commonly grown in southern India but is not yet widely cultivated.
Besides, there are some more exotic flowers like the lilac, azalea and violet which are only known to be grown in China.