Moss rose adds colours to garden, fetches money too; this lady tells how
Pathanamthitta Kozhencherry native Manju Hari started growing moss rose plants which are locally called 'Pathumani flowers' just for a timepass. After five years, the plants have changed her life totally. It all started when Manju planted the moss rose seeds given by her friend five years ago.
Gradually, Manju researched about the moss rose plants and developed new seeds through artifical pollination of different varieties of plants. Now there are over 200 varieties of moss rose plants in Manju's garden. She also manages to earn a decent income through the sale of the plants.
In Manju's opinion, maintenance of moss rose plants is simple. They can be planted in small flowerpots and empty bowls. Water draining facility should be arranged in the container. Then fill them with a mixture of soil, cow dung powder and coconut husk. Tender stem cuttings of moss rose is ideal for planting as they get rooted easily.
Later, the saplings can be replanted to the preferred location. If the plants are exposed to sunlight, they will bloom all year round. When blooming is slowed down, prune the plant and add some organic fertilizers. This will help it grow better and bloom well.
Indigenous moss rose flowers are smaller in size while foreign varieties have larger flowers. They also stay fresh for more days. As Manju gained confidence from the moss rose experiment, she has started a nursery of different varieties of plants.