Rare ‘Ultimate 1000 petal lotus’ blooms in Vinayachandran’s garden
Alappuzha: Vinayachandran's roof is full of lotus flowers and courtyard is filled with lilies. The queen red lotus, the ultimate 1000 petal lotus (Sahasradala Padmam in Malayalam), white peony, red peony and the Victoria Cruziana are the icons in his garden. There are 46 varieties of lotuses and 28 different and rare species of lilies in his house.
29-year-old Vinayachandran is currently working at the Cochin shipyard after completing his course at ITI. He is the son of Chandran and Rajamma and is residing near Mannarasala temple here. He has been fond of lotuses since childhood.
He bought the lotus tuber for Rs 500 from a person he met through Facebook a year ago. Within two months, it bloomed. With that, he became crazy about lotus. The price of lotus ranges from Rs 1000 to Rs 4000. He rarely sells the flowers. Instead, he expands his garden through social media communities.
Vinayachandran grows different types of lilies like Scarlet Flame, Pools Sub and Morada Bay in the big pool in the yard. He was a little worried initially because they get only hard water. Therefore, Vinayachandran uses purified water to grow the aquatic flowers.
A fertilizer prepared by mixing compost and bone meal is mixed with soil and spread evenly at the bottom of big plastic containers. On top of this, about half of the pot is filled with red soil. Then water is mixed into it. This is how a container for a lotus is set.
Lotus seed should be placed in the water along the edge of the container. There is no need to dig it into the soil. It should be placed in such a way that it rests on the soil. Water should be changed every two weeks. Dirty water is not good for lotus and lilies.
Guppies can be bred to avoid mosquitoes. The lotus needs at least 8 hours of exposure to the sun while lillies can be kept under shade, said Vinayachandran.