As we all know the Rudraksha is attributed to Lord Shiva by its believers. According, to the various psychological benefits and new Indo- Western fashion statement given a rise to the regular spotting of these beads.
Do you know the ripe Rudraksha seeds are covered with a blue color and looks like a fruit from outside?
Do you know where do they come from?
And can you can plant them by yourself?
Delhi’s Rachana Jain, Founder of Indraprastha Horticulture Society [IHS] shares, the scientific name of Rudraksha is Elaeocarpus ganitrus. Usually grow and found in Himalayan regions, Rachana has growing them around the famous Delhi University’s Campus area but also said that “it is rare to find the plant growing in homes.
Here is the Step-By-Step guide on how to grow the Rudraksha plant at home through air layering method:
PREPARING THE PLANT
- Cut a few centimeter below the nodal portion of the plant with the help of sharp knife.
- Now give two round cuts within a 2 inch distance of each other.
- Make a slit between them so that it become easier to peel the skin off with your nails.
- “When you hurt something, its healing process hastens. The same concept applies to propagation, as afflicting scratches on the stem triggers the plant to actively regenerate and elevate the process of plant growth,” says Rachana.
- Now the next step is the air layering process, for this process Rachana suggests using of balls of moss.
- This is one of the most important aspects of the process to ensure that the plant does not dry off.
- “These should be covered in cinnamon powder or honey and soaked in water for a few hours. Each ball is used to create one air layering”.
- Now cover the skinned bark below the nodal portion with the moss ball.
- This ball is then covered with a square plastic sheet and tightly close it around the ball.
REAPING THE BENEFITS
- Soon, new life can be seen growing from the Rudraksha stems.
- Leaving the plastic covering untouched for a period of three to seven weeks allows roots to springs from the air layering.
- Rachana said-“I recommend that terracotta pots are the best as they are porous and avoid water stagnation. Plastic pots are not eco-friendly and are a more hassling option.”
- In the growing stage, the plant requires ample nutrition.
- For this Rachana recommends mixing plain garden soil with cow dung or compost.
- Once it begins growing, should be kept in open sunlight as that’s the way it thrives best.