Brahma Kamal Flower Plant
Mother nature has blessed our home, Earth with many magical flora and fauna that has their own story of origin and uniqueness. Among all those flora, one of the beautiful gift of mother nature is Brahma Kamal plant.
Brahma Kamal is rare flower that is found especially in Himalayan region. This flower with its tranquility, uniqueness and spiritual importance has won the heart of millions all around the globe. In one sentence, Brahma Kamal is beautiful, aromatic and divine flower.
Though, It is found in himalayas, People are now growing this flower in their home, garden and for amenity horticulture. As Brahma kamal belongs to different climate, It is very necessary to know the growing nature, caring and management tips for the successful growth of this flower.
Here – In this article, We are going to discuss about brahma kamal plant and vastu in details along with some growing tips and it’s spiritual importance.
Brahma Kamal flower plant belongs to the group of cactus and succulent plant. This growth rate of Brahma Kamal is slow and doesn’t require much care. If we go on specific, It is actually epiphyllum orchid cactus because it grows on branch of other trees(Epiphytic) in the ares of heavy rainfall and has flower beauty like of orchid. As mentioned earlier, This plant is commonly found in himalayas at an altitude of 1500 foot from the sea level. This flower is native to Brazil.
The scientific name of Brahma Kamal flower plant is and there are almost 31 species of this flower.
It is known by other names such as:- Night Blooming Queen, Night Blooming Cereus, Saussurea, Dulhambul, Hangal, Burgundautoges, Dudhaful, Kadufful, Geeks Vision.
The reason for calling Brahma Kamal as Night blooming queen is that the blooms or the floral buds of this plant opens at night. The flowers only open once in about 14 years. During blooming also, It opens at night for few hours. Therefore, It is rare to see Bhrama kamal flower blooming. It usually flowers during the month of July-September (During Sarad Purinima) as the temperature becomes suitable for floral buds to form and open in these months.
Thus – Brahma Kamal plant has uniqueness that is rarely seen on other flowers.
The flower of this plant is white like lotus with pink tips. The height of Brahma Kamal can reach up to 4-5 feet.
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We can grow Brahma Kamal flower plant easily by using its different vegetative parts such as leaves and stem i.e vegetative propagation.
Large leaves can be cut into smaller segment and those segment can be planted in soil. Regular moisture should be maintained. These leaves grows into a full plant within two months of propagation. After two months, this small plant can be transplanted to single pot. During transplantation, we should uproot the seedlings with earth ball. It helps the flower to grow and adapt easily in new place.
We should keep the plant in shade area where there is no direct sunlight for long time. That area should receive filtered sunlight. It is better to select those area which receives about 1 hr morning sunlight.
Care And Management
•Sandy coarse soil with pH around neutral is good for this flower. The soil mix for the growth of Brahma Kamal plant is: 40% sand 30% garden soil 30%compost. We can also add certain percentage of perlite in soil mix. The use of perlite holds the water for longer time. For compost, We can use FYM. The compost made from leaves is even better. Too much fertilizer isn’t needed as brahma kamal can directly takes nutrients from water and air. We can add fertilizer in every 2 months. We can add FYM, Vermicomopost and Mustard Cakes as fertilizer. Too much fertilizer causes burning effect in leaves.
•The stem of brahma kamal flower doesn’t have wood, So – It often leans in lack of support. Thus – While growing at home, we should do staking so that the flower plant remains upright and grows to its full potential.
•We shouldn’t keep brahma kamal flower in direct sunlight as it is succulent plant and direct sunlight can cause scorching effect and yellowing of leaves.
•For irrigation, This plant doesn’t need too much water as it belongs to the dry climate of himalayas. Therefore, We should do irrigation only after the upper layer of soil becomes dry. OR, We can directly irrigate in every 2-3 days. If you don’t have time to irrigate in every 2-3 days, you can add perlite in soil mix which holds water for longer duration. After adding perlite, we can irrigate the Brahma Kamal flower in every 15-20 days. Too much water is bad. Over watering causes the root rot problem. So – Proper drainage provision should be provided.
•Brahma Kamal flower plant is vanaruble to fungus attack. So – We should add turmeric or cinnamon powder in every month. We can also add antifungal agents like bavistin.
•This plant grows well in plastic pot though we can use mud pit also. We can grow this flower in greenhouse also. Some people grows brahma kamal in hanging basket and decorate their home. It isn’t recommended to grow this flower in crowded area surrounded by many other tress. A bit open ares will be good.
•Repotting of this flower should be done in every 2 years. New pot selected should be larger than earlier pot.
Brahma Kamal And Vastu
It is said that, Both Lord Brahma and Lord Bishnu lives in the Brahma kamal flower. Therefore, According to vastu sastra, Keeping this flower in the middle of the house reduces all the negatives energy. Keeping this flower, offers happiness and prosperity in family members life.
•There is a spiritual and religious story about the origin of Brahma Kamal flower. The story goes as:- After creating Lord Ganesh by Mata Parvati, She went inside to take bath and Lord Ganesh were asked to give security at the door. When Lord Shiva came and want to enter inside, Lord Ganesh oppose him and don’t let Shiva to enter. Due to this, Lord Shiva got angry and cut the head of Ganesh with his Trishul. When Mata Parvati knows all this, She got very angry and ask help from lord Brahma. So – Lord Brahma created Brahma kamal flower. With the help of this flower, The head of elephant was joined with the body of Lord Ganesh.
•Growing this flower in house gives positive energy.
•People have thoughts that, If we wish anything by offering the flower of brahma kamal to Lord Shiva, Then – the wish will be fulfilled.
•If any person wishes during the time of blooming, then that wishes comes true.
•Brahma Kamal is considered as the flower of Lord Brahma, Creator of the universe.
•Brahma Kamal flower has also got its connection with Mahabharat. During the exile time of pandavas, Draupadi, the wife of five pandavas was very sad. But, When she saw Brahma Kamal bloom in white colour at the lake, she forgot all her pain and enjoy it’s beauty.
Uses Of Brahma Kamal
•Brahma Kamal plant has great medicinal benefits. It gives relief during cold, cough and fever. This plant is also used in treating liver infection. For woman, this plant can treat several diseases. The leaves and flower of Brahma Kamal is also used to make cancer medicine. If you got any wound, Just make the slurry of Brahma Kamal and apply thoroughly over the wound as it works as antiseptic. The soup of Brahma Kamal makes our bone strong.
•Consuming the liquid extracted from this flower reduces fatigue make us feel fresh and light.
•This plant work as air purifiyer and detoxification of the air inside the home. So – Keeping this flower inside our house is highly beneficial. If you want to learn more about air purifying indoor plants, we have already written a detailed article on NASA approves plants to keep for air purification and detoxification, You can read that article from:- NASA Approved Air Purifying Plants.
•Brahma Kamal flower is used in different worshipping ceremonies. It is also used in decorative purpose.
Brahma Kamal is truely a magical flower. But, This flower is getting declined in number due the excessive plucking. The growth of this flower reduces by 70% due to lack of pollination as there are less flower for effective pollination. Some species of Brahma Kamal are also listed in endangered species.
There is also a problem of smuggling of this flower to different foreign countries due to its multiple use. So – Central bodies and local bodies should work collaboratively to preserve this flower.