These colourful 'Adenium' flowers on house terrace is an eye-catcher
Cherai (Ernakulam): A small spring can always be seen on the terrace garden of Sony. Over 5000 adenium plants of 100 varieties are growing in the garden and compound of Korassery House close to Pallippuram-Vypin road here. All of them are nurtured by Sony, an employee at Kerala Electrical and Allied Engineering Co. Ltd (KEL), and his wife Mini, a staff of Sales Tax office in Paravoor.
The couple have 2000 plants on top of their terrace alone. The first plant was imported from Thailand 20 years ago. They they started buying from Mannuthi. The collection of adenium plants was expanded by grafting and sowing seeds. As adenium is native to desert lands, it needs to be watered only once in a week. Also it does not require any fertilizer.
The plants are grown in grow bags filled with 60 percent sand and coconut husk. As it grows bigger, the plant is replanted in flowerpot. The major threat faced by adenium plant is fungal infections. Sony uses some fungicides and some self-made solutions for this problem. He is also happy to share the tips and provide fungicide for free.
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