I had written in an earlier post about Rajsmusings blog. That blog was a big inspiration, initially to start a Terrace garden. The blog is full of useful tips to beginners. There on, we start making our own mistakes ,and learn the ropes slowly.
The last post he wrote was about the betel leaves vines in Orissa. Pretty vines growing tall in those farms!…http://rajsmusings.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/betel-leafpan-plant/
I am very fond of good betal leaf , now that I am a gardener of sorts, I ventured into getting one plant and place in on the terrace. While I looked for plants high and dry, one fine day, the Public Garden ( where else in our dear Hyderabad), staff brought me on grudgingly, (if they don’t smirk, my plants do not survive, good omen!), saying ” this is is a weak one,and a Calcutta Paan plant”. Oh my.. I simply grabbed it and brought it home safely. Cherished it, nurtured it, for a looong time to get it to a healthy creeper.
One more pet ambition dream was growing Papayas. Three decades back, when we built the house, the papaya plants were growing for the asking ,and the joy of eating fresh Papaya was much appreciated. We did not continue , due to lack of space.
On my visit to Bangalore, I would keenly ask about those magic seeds which will grow into Papaya trees. Generally, people would have grown Papaya simply by throwing those used seeds in the yard. I wanted to experiment on the Terrace. The Indo-American seed shop even discouraged me, saying those seeds will not come out good etc.etc. However, another shop , in the same area, ( don’t remember where..) sold some packet of seeds, saying they are from Korea, and I should try them out.
I read a lot about those plants. I kept my fingers crossed when I started the seeds. They did not germinate, I was also throwing home grown Papaya seeds from the fruits at random. Once the rainy season hit, I gave up,
After a couple of weeks, to my surprise I saw many plants growing in different pots, asking for nutrition. The next challenge, where to re-pot so many? I fell back on my dear left over Amrit mitti , and put them in big plastic baskets and prayed that they should survive.
Now I have 6 plants coming up, and three more waiting to be potted into big baskets.
My next anxiety is the gender of the plants. I need atleast one male plant to pollinate the flowers. I am keeping my fingers crossed for the flowering to show up. Meanwhile , feeding the plants well is the next task. Dear Hubby is not convinced yet. ( Usme fruit aata kya?). Only time and good luck can answer that .
I am positive it will produce flowers and eventually fruits. ( Korean or Indian ). Hoping for the best..