Planting and Caring Tips
Things such as climatic conditions, temperatures, soil conditions, moisture content, fertilizers, timely pruning, etc., have to be kept in mind while planting. These parameters are also important for aftercare.
Moreover, it should be well drained and fertile. Make sure it has adequate moisture content. Now, place the stem of the plants into the tilled soil. Mulch the soil after that. Mulching prevents the growth of weeds and it also insulates the soil. Make sure you have planted the seedlings 25-38 inches apart.
Ensure the soil is not soggy or damp, as the roots can't tolerate wet and water-logged soil. During the dry season, water the plants twice a week, if needed. Add fertilizer once a month; it should have a moderate 'nitrogen-phosphorous-potassium' ratio. Read instructions on fertilizer packets before using them. Water the plants after adding fertilizers.
The plants start blooming during the months of June and July. Make sure you control the moisture content of the soil during the rainy season. Furthermore, you need to stake the plants to prevent damage during heavy rains and winds. For this, insert the stakes just beside the plants, and tie them tightly to the plant by a thread.
Pruning is carried out during the summer season, where the stem is cut neatly with pruning scissors. This process is known as shear pruning and it enhances the growth of a dense foliage. During winter, remove the dead stems and add mulch once again to prevent the roots from rotting.