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One lakh rose plants being raised in Ooty garden

Green house: Workers engaged in raising rose plants at the Government Botanical Garden in Udhagamandalam on Wednesday. — Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Green house: Workers engaged in raising rose plants at the Government Botanical Garden in Udhagamandalam on Wednesday. — Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy  

Such a large scale production is done for the first time

Having built up a formidable reputation in the field of plant multiplication and distribution ever since it came into being over a 160 years ago, the Government Botanical Garden (GBG) here has embarked on a programme to produce one lakh rose plants.

Sales

Speaking to The Hindu here on Wednesday the Assistant Director of Horticulture in-charge of the garden, M. Prakasam, said that such large scale production for a commercial purpose is being done for the first time.

Normally the number of rose plants raised every year for sale was only about 25,000

Pointing out that the root stalks had been obtained from Bangalore, he said that a new method was being adopted under green house conditions in the nursery of the GBG to get them ready for the market.

Causalities

Stating that the method will help reduce the number of causalities and also ensure that the plants yield more flowers, he claimed that they will be ideal for the plains.

The colour of the roses would be red, white, maroon, pink, yellow, orange and crimson.

The rate per plant is Rs. ten as against Rs. 30 to Rs. 35 in many of the private nurseries.

Autumn season

Pointing out that the arrangements for the autumn season are in full swing, Mr. Prakasam said that an additional attraction would be colourful flower beds under trees.

To protect the ornamental plants attractive grills are in the process of being put up around the beds.



  • The root stalks have been obtained from Bangalore
  • The colour of the roses will be red, white, maroon, pink, yellow, orange and crimson

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