148 TYPES OF HIBISCUS THROUGH ARTIFICIAL POLLINATION
Usually, planting a stem obtained through ‘grafting’ is the way to grow hibiscus. Can hibiscus be reproduced by artificial pollination? Can it bear seeds?
answers to these questions are positive in the farm of Bhaskaravarma
Raja, ‘Sreeraj’, Kannadipoyil, Balusseri, Kozhikode (Phone: 644438)
how many shades of hibiscus flowers does one want?
Raja has so far developed 148 types of hibiscus of various colours.
did his research begin? He
attempted to sprinkle the pollen grains of a white variety onto a red
hibiscus flower. As a result
of this, a seed formed in the red flower.
That encouraged Raja. He
let this seed germinate. And
when this sapling came of age and flowered, it had rose coloured petals.
his experiment became successful, he got the inspiration to try and
produce hibiscus of other colours. For
the past 7 years he has been at this as a hobby.
His other cultivations include coconut, arecanut and nutmeg.
reveals information about his methods without any inhibition to curious
visitors who come to his farm every day.
has plans to start a hibiscus nursery and write a book on the subject.
Courtesy: Sreeja Kishore, Mahilaratnam.
Contributed by: Administrator
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