Growing plant terms you need to know 

Growing stages


Plants endure several phases. Although many sources will state various things, they may typically be categorised as falling under these four stages: the seed stage, the germination stage, the growth stage, and the harvest stage.

There is no need for an in-depth explanation of the seed stage. In its most basic form, this phase of the plant’s life cycle is the one that determines whether or not the plant will successfully reproduce.

Germination is the process through which a plant emerges from its seed and begins to develop. When placed in the appropriate habitat, which we will go over in more detail in the next section, seeds will begin to create the typical elements of the plant, such as roots, stems, and leaves.

The plant enters the vegetative stage after it has sprung its first leaves and generated its first set of green tendrils. This occurs somewhere between 5 and 60 days after you plant your seeds. All of this will be determined by the kind and variety of plant that you are attempting to cultivate. As a general rule, the length of time it takes for a plant to enter the vegetative stage increases in proportion to the size of the plant that you are attempting to cultivate. During this stage, the plant develops into an adult, increases the amount of leaves it produces, and grows in height, size, and overall health.

When your plant has reached the blooming stage, it is getting ready to either produce fruit or show off its blossoms.

The harvest stage is the point at which the results of the planting stage are reaped. This is the time to harvest the leaves or foliage of food plants, especially herbs, when they have reached the ideal size for harvesting. When fruits or vegetables have reached the appropriate size and level of ripeness for ingestion, this is referred to as “peak ripeness.”

Sprouting

The term “germination” and “genesis” are sometimes used synonymously to refer to the same process. The first stages of a plant’s growth, including the roots, stems, and leaves, are known as the sprouting or germination stages.

Cotyledon

Cotyledons, which are found in seed-bearing plants, are technically the embryonic leaves of the plant. In most cases, the actual leaves of the plant are identified as being these false leaves. In order to further explain it, here is a picture.

cotyledons vs genuine leaves of the plant

Tendrils

An appendage of a climbing plant that looks like a thin thread and frequently grows in a spiral shape. It may extend out and twine around any support that is the right size and shape.

True leaves

These are the genuine leaves of the plant, as their name suggests, so to speak. When there are four mature leaves present on a plant purchased from MNLGrowkits, the growth stage has officially begun. The real leaves are the ones that are located above the cotyledons in the picture that you can see above.

Water

This is only a reminder that in order for plants to live, they need water. Because you are cultivating it, the plant will need water in order to live. The plant will suffer if it receives insufficient or an excessive amount of water. There are two things that you must bear in mind about this situation:

This kind of climate is perfect for the development of robust plant life since it is damp and moist. Maintain a humid or moist condition in the soil. When you put your finger one inch down into the dirt, you will discover this information. If it is brisk and moist to the touch, then the conditions are ideal. If it has a dry and tight feeling, this indicates that your plants want further watering.

Wet — On the other hand, if it is chilly and when you draw out your finger it is coated in an excessive amount of dirt, this indicates that you overwatered the plant. When anything like this occurs, try not to freak out. Simply allow some of the surplus water to be absorbed by the plant before giving it any more. The organic coconut husk pots that are included in all of our grow kits are an excellent choice for preventing overwatering of your plants. Even though our containers are designed to let any surplus water to naturally drain away, it is still important to develop good watering practises.

Sun Exposure

The photosynthetic process cannot occur without the sun. In case you had forgotten, photosynthesis is the process by which plants produce their own food out of carbon dioxide and the nutrients that are found in the soil. Without sufficient exposure to light, the plant won’t be able to thrive.

Fertilizer

This supplies the plant with the nutrients it needs to grow. After a certain amount of time has passed, the soil that your plant is growing in will have already absorbed the nutrients. Again, if the plant does not get these nutrients, it will wither, become lanky, and eventually die. Therefore, it is up to you to restore these nutrients to their previous levels. The use of fertilisers, particularly organic ones, is one of the simplest ways to accomplish this goal.

These are just some of the phrases that you need to be familiar with before you attempt to grow your own plant. Be aware, though, that this is an unduly simplified form, since the process of cultivating a plant involves the consideration of a wide variety of aspects. However, familiarising yourself with these fundamental concepts and methods will better prepare you to use our grow kits to cultivate your first plant.


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Sprouting
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Tendrils of Pea plant

Introduction
Plants are an essential component of a vibrant natural environment and play an essential role in the natural world. Among them are a wide variety of plants, many of which are regarded as miraculous presents sent by mother nature. They are there to support and comfort us during the good times as well as the difficult moments. Patharchatta, the fifth and most precious gift bestowed upon us by nature, will be the topic of discussion in this instalment of our series titled Sacred Indian Herbs.

The plant is known by its scientific name,
The plant is known by its scientific name,

English name: Kalanchoe Pinnata

Air plant, Good luck leaf, and Miracle leaf are some of the common names for this plant.

Patharchattam, Patharchur, and Paan-futti Patharchatta are few of the terms that are used to refer to a houseplant in Hindi.

Have you ever considered the possibility that the air in your house may be harbouring invisible poisons? If so, you should know that some plants can help remove these toxins from the air. Medicinal plants that you can easily grow in a garden inside your house or on your balcony. Patharchatta is another common and widespread kind of medicinal plant that may be found growing between three and five feet in height practically everywhere in India. The plant may have a stem that is either red or green in colour, and the edges of the leaves on the plant have scalloped edges. The following are the most fundamental measures that need to be taken in order to cultivate a patharchatta plant in your own house if you ever come across one:

Take a leaf from the patharchatta plant and examine it.

Put the leaf in a container, and make sure it has enough of water.

Within a few days, it will be possible to detect the emerging roots at the leaf edges.

The development of a fresh young plant is seen quite quickly.

Because of this property, it is sometimes referred to as the “Miracle plant.” Whenever it lands, it immediately begins to sprout roots and grow into separate plants. A single leaf has the potential to grow eight to ten plants all on its own.

Utilization of Patharchatta in Medicine:

If we live our lives in harmony with nature, maintaining our health will never go out of style. The therapeutic properties of patharchatta have the potential to treat a variety of conditions that are becoming more common in modern times. So let’s learn more about this wonderful plant.

Treatment for kidney stones and cysts:

Yeah ! Stones in the kidneys are one of the many common medical conditions. Crystalline deposits may develop inside the kidneys or the urinary system and are referred to as kidney stones. There are three primary forms of kidney stones: calcium phosphate stones, uric acid stones, and cystine stones. “Pashan” is the Sanskrit word for stone, and “bheda” is the Sanskrit word for to shatter. Patharchatta is known as Pashanbheda in Sanskrit. And in accordance with what its name suggests, patharchatta has both diuretic and lithotriptic qualities, which enable it to dissolve stones that may be present in the kidney.

The following is a method that may be used to ingest Patharchatta in order to eliminate kidney stones: Take one hundred grammes of Patharchatta leaves and churn them. On an empty stomach, once in the morning and once in the evening, one-half cup of the juice that results from pressing the leaves is consumed. The elimination of calcium phosphate stones via urine is going to be precipitated by the use of this juice on a regular basis. Do increase the amount of water that you drink together with Patharchatta juice, and in addition to that, taking horse gramme (kulthi dal) every day along with chapati might assist get rid of kidney stones more quickly.

 

 

Reduces Symptoms of Inflammation and Pain:

The use of patharchatta is an excellent treatment for relieving pain in the muscles and joints. The traditional method of employing patharchatta for the treatment of pain involves warming the leaf over a low flame, then applying lukewarm mustard oil and wrapping the area with a cotton towel while applying gentle pressure. Not only will the analgesic effect of patharchatta bring down the amount of pain, but it will also bring down the swelling.

 

 

Healing of a wound:

When seeing movies in which a hero is seen applying pluck leaves to wounds, I couldn’t help but wonder if or not there was a plant that was readily accessible and clearly recognised that could be used immediately to relieve pain or swelling. Patharchatta is a plant that is cultivated extensively and can be located and identified with relative ease. It helps the body recover itself while also reducing pain and edoema. Because the leaves of the patharchatta plant have astringent characteristics, they are good for the healing of wounds. They have the effect of narrowing the blood arteries and slowing down the pace at which platelets aggregate. And if you are stung by an insect (like a mosquito or a bee, for example), and you have a quick response or redness/swelling, using patharchatta leaves may help to quiet down the reaction, redness/swelling, and irritation, and it can soothe the skin.

 

 

Digestion Aids:

According to Ayurveda, our overall health and wellbeing is inversely proportional to the condition of our digestive systems. The vast majority of individuals have digestive issues, including but not limited to gas, bloating, stomach discomfort, heartburn, constipation, and so on. Patharchatta restores the pitta dosha’s natural equilibrium, alleviates acid reflux and heartburn, and promotes healthy digestion. Making a paste out of the leaves and consuming 5-10 grammes of it together with warm water will help you keep your digestive system in good condition. You will see a significant decrease in digestive issues, and your digestive system will become healthy.