Madhumalti Plant: Easy to care plants with pleasantly scented flowers

Madhumalti Plant: Easy to care plants with pleasantly scented flowers
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Madhumalti Plant is one of the beautiful creeper for your garden or balcony. The colorful flowers add beauty to the garden and also leaves a pleasant smell. They are easy to care and requires very little maintenance. The medicinal properties of the plant along with the contrasting colorful flowers and dark green leaves makes it a great choice to the outdoor garden.

Quick Details of Madhumalti Plant

Other Common NamesChinese honeysuckle, Burma creeper, Rangoon creeper, Rangoon flowers, Irangan Malli
TypeEvergreen flowering creeper
MaintenanceLow
FloweringSummers
LightBright direct sunlight
WaterRegular watering
TemperatureWarm humid conditions
SoilAny well draining soil
FertilizerBalanced organic fertilizer
HabitatTropical forest
ToxicityNil
Common DiseasesPest attack
Scientific nameCombretum indicum

Madhumalti Buying Instructions

  • There are multiple varieties of Madhumalti plant so buy it accordingly.
  • Buy a bushy plant.
  • Require full sun light so buy it only if full sunlight is available.

Overview of Madhumalti

They are woody creepers belonging to the family Combretaceae and are native to the tropical forests of India, Malaysia, Burma, Myanmar and Philippians . These plants can grow to a height of up to 10 meters tall. They are climbers and need support for growth. In wild, they attach themselves to tall trees or any other support. The leaves are dark green, elliptical in shape with round base.

The flowers are tubular and has a pleasant scent. They are initially white in color when they bloom but turns pink the next day and finally to red when they are fully mature. This technique helps in attracting a wide range of pollinators to the plant. The plants bear fruits that are small, elliptical shaped with five wings and taste similar to almonds.

Usage and Advantage of Madhumalti

  • Madhumalti plants are grown as an ornamental plant and are preferred for their pleasant smell.
  • The root, leaves and fruits have medicinal properties and are used in treating many ailments.
  • The stems are used in making baskets and traps.

General Care for Madhumalti Plants

Soil

These plants can be grown in any kind of soil. However, they prefer a well draining with a normal pH.

Water

They require regular watering. Water the plants regularly during summers. In colder climatic conditions water them ones in 2 days. The plants can tolerate little drought as well as overwatering but maintaining a proper water schedule can help them flourish as a healthy plant with regular blooms.

Sunlight

They prefer bright direct sunlight for at least 6-8 hours per day. Place them in spots with bright direct sunlight. The flowers have brighter colors when the plants are grown in good light conditions.

Temperature

The plants prefer being in warm, humid conditions. They grow best in temperate, tropical and sub tropical conditions where the climate is warm. The plants can survive in cold but will start to shed their leaves. During winters, try to keep them away from harsh cold drifts.

Special Care

The plants do not require any special care. They are quite hardy and can survive in any climatic condition. The plants can be pruned before the plants start to flower from June to September. Trim back the tips of the branches to have a bushier appearance.

Fertilization

These plants do not require much feeding. Feed the plants ones during their growing period with an balanced organic fertilizer or compost. Do not use a nitrogen rich fertilizer as it can encourage excess foliage growth.

Pests and other problems for Madhumalti

These plants are not prone to pests or diseases. The plants may be sometimes attacked by caterpillars or scales. They can be got rid of either manually or by using a mild pesticide.

Overwatering of the plants can lead to root rot. Avoid overwatering of the plants and waterlogging to prevent root rot.

Propagation of Madhumalti

The madhumalti plants can be propagated through cuttings, seeds and root division.

The seeds can be sown in the soil during early summer. The seeds may take time to germinate. Soaked seeds can be used for sowing to improve the germination rate. The germinations rate in seeds is low.

The propagation is mostly done by cuttings. The cuttings are made during the rainy season. Take a healthy, green tip of the plant. Cut a 10-12 inch long cutting. Remove the leaves from the base and plant it in a potting mix. Water the cutting regularly till the roots develop. It might take a month or so to develop roots.

The propagation can also take place through division. The division takes place through the roots. The plant is uprooted carefully and the plant is cut into divisions at the appropriate spots. Once the plant is divides, loosen the roots and let them spread. Transfer the divisions to new pot and deep water them or provide them with a soaking tub. Place them in partial to full shade till the divisions stabilize.

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