Aparajita plants are known for their attractive and unique deep blue flowers. Its scientific Name is Clitoria ternatea. They are perennial herbaceous flowering plants that are native to Asia and belong to the family Fabaceae. These plants are mostly seen as a vine or a creeper. The leaves are green, and elliptical shaped. The most attractive feature are the flowers. They are single deep blue colour flowers with an yellow center. Some of the species are white in color.
It is also known as Butterfly pea, Bluebell vine & Asian pigeonwing.
How to Plant Aparajita?
Aparajita Flower plants are the easiest flowering plants you can grow at home without a fuss.
This flowering creeper plant requires a bit of support and are perfect for balcony where you can guide them along the railing.
Things required to grow Aparajita from Seeds:
1. Wide Container
For sowing seeds, you will require a wide container which need not be deep.
-The first way is to buy it from any nursery
-Second way is to get it from someone who already have an Aparajita plant.
3. Sowing of Seeds
-Firstly fill the container with potting mix.
-Now sprinkle the seeds over the potting mix.
-Have a gap of 1-2 inches between each seed, so that it will be easier for you to take them out while transplanting them into their final container.
-After sprinkling seeds, cover them with a thin layer of potting mix, then water it thoroughly & place the container in a location that receives partial sunlight.
-Water it only when the soil feels dry.
4. Germination Period (8-12 Days)
-Germination period of Aparajita plant is usually 1-2 weeks.
-After 18-20 days, you will see that the saplings of Aparajita have developed quite a few leaves and are big enough to be transplanted into their final container.
5. Steps to Transplant Aparajita Plant Into Final Pot
-You don’t need a very big container for growing Aparajita
-A good pot size for Aparajita is 8 inch.
-Make 4-5 drainage holes in the pot’s bottom, this is very important as it allows excess water to pass through and allow easy circulation of air which is very vital in plants growth.
-Make sure that you cover the drainage holes with small stones, so that the potting soil doesn’t escape through it.
-Now fill the container with this potting soil leaving only few inches from the top.
-While filling the soil make sure to press the mixture time to time so that, no air pockets get left.
-Once it is done, lets transplant it.
-Now to transplant it, take out the healthy saplings from the lot and plant the saplings inside the potting soil & water it thoroughly.
Best Time To Plant Aparajita:
The best time to sow Aparajita seeds is March – April.
What is Ideal Soil For Aparajita flower?
-Aparajita is an easy to grow flower plant which doesn’t have much specific requirement in terms of soil.
-So the Potting Soil for Aparajita should look like this:
- Garden Soil -1/3 part
- Coco peat – 1/3 part
- Compost – 1/3 part (cow dung or vermicompost)
-Mix them well and leave for some time to settle down.
How Much Sun Does Aparajita Need?
They prefer bright direct sunlight. The plants can also grow in partial shade but the rate of blooming might reduce. To grow a healthy plant, make sure they receive enough amount of sunlight.
Temperature: They prefer warm humid conditions.
How Much Water Does This Plant Need?
-Biggest thing while caring for Aparajita Plant is properly watering it.
-As this plant is kept under direct sunlight it requires a lot of water.
-For this you should always keep a check of its upper layer of soil, if it gets dry then give your Aparajita plant a nice watering until the water comes out of the drainage holes.
-Usually, you will need to water it every single day except the winter seasons.
Caring Tips Of Aparajita Flower Plant:
Pinch the growing tips ones a month to promote branching. Remove any dead or infected leaves or other parts of the plants. Dead heading of the flowers can also be done.
They do not require any fertilizer.
Pests and other problems for Aparajita:
They are not prone to many pathogens. However, pests like aphids and mites can attack the plant. Spray neem oil or any mild soap solution. Over watering of plants can attract most of the pests and pathogens. Avoid over watering the plants and over head watering. Excess water or moisture in the soil can cause root rot.