Retired SI grows rare jade vine plant in garden; flowers attract passersby
Nedumkandam (Idukki): The jade vine flowers that resembles fire flames are in full bloom at the residence of Raju at Chottupara in Thookkupalam here. The flowers which is native to Philippines rarely blooms in the climate of high range. As the flowers look like the beak of a hornbill, they are also called hornbill flowers.
Enchanted by the beauty of the flowers, many people approach Raju to get its saplings. A retired sub inspector, Raju bought jade vine saplings from a nursery in Kattappana three years ago. He had already seen some pictures of the flowers and decided to grow it.
The jade vine flowers stay fresh for 2 weeks and then wither. The bunch of flowers is nearly 2 feet long and carries upto 60-80 flowers. Apart from the bright red flowers, there is another variety with blue flowers in this garden. Raju collects rare plants when he visits places.
Over 500 varieties of plants are growing in the garden in 10-cent land. Raju also manged to get a decent income through online sale of plants during the lockdown. His wife Valsamma, sons Elbin and Ebin and daughters-in-law Archana and Preethi also help with gardening.