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Firangipani,Plumeria,Temple tree or the Pagoda tree are all names of the same fragrant tree that is increasingly being used in landscaping premises. Different tree species bear creamish white,sparkling white,yellow,pink and red flowers.

Firangipani,Plumeria,Temple tree or the Pagoda tree are all names of the same fragrant tree that is increasingly being used in landscaping premises. Different tree species bear creamish white,sparkling white,yellow,pink and red flowers. It is a deciduous tree but the species rubra acutifolia retains its leaves if watered regularly. This species is being preferred over the traditional wild type species that bears creamish white blooms. It also tends to be more yellow towards the centre. As the name suggests,the leaves of acutifolia are smaller than its cousin,and are a deeper shade of glossy green. This gives the crown a sense of fullness,which extends to the ground if not pruned. It is because of this reason that the tree is also being used for privacy. The fragrant white blooms appear in bunches almost throughout the year. While asking for a rubra,mention white blooms or you may end up getting red or pink blooming species.

I want to plant Royal Palm near the entrance of my house. When should I do it and what should be the distance between the two trees?

Rakesh Kumar,Chandigarh

It is not advisable to plant this tree near the entrance of the house as on a later stage,the big fronds (foliage) fall unannounced and it is so heavy that it can endanger life and property.

I had a few begonias,which were doing very well in my driveway. Lately,I have observed that these are wilting and the leaves are drying. What could be the reason and what should I do to revive them?

Savita,Panchkula

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Begonias are mostly sensitive in summer as they have very fine surface roots. As the temperature rises ,the leaves and roots get burnt. Shift these plants to a cool place,preferably with a group of plants.

I have three potted plants in my balcony. It faces the sun and I find that every day,the pots dry. Because of a constraint of water,it is difficult to maintain these. What should I do?

Manik Singh,Mohali

Plant the Ficus species that can withstand the summer sun. Water the plants thrice per pot as it absorbs more water. You can then skip even a day. Also put some green matter,like moss grass,at the base of the plant. It will conserve moisture.

I want to purchase a few plants from the nursery. Please suggest the names. The plant should be of different coloured leaves.

Meena Sharma,Chandigarh

I would suggest you rather wait till July-August as the plants purchased now may die due to intense heat.

For gardening queries ASK DR GREEN at satishnarula@yahoo.co.in

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