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Madhumalti Dwarf, Rangoon Creeper – Plant
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Madhumalti Dwarf (Rangoon creeper), is a vine with red flower clusters. The flowers are fragrant and tubular and their color varies from white to pink to red. It is an evergreen perennial rambunctious and ligneous vine, free branching and vigorous growing, needing sturdy support. It is the spiny creeper that grows wild and spread quickly covering the whole area by producing roots and fresh sprouts from the stem. The plant requires regular pruning to keep it within control , as well as to encourage more blooms with new branches as flowers appear on new growth. It blooms profusely and non – stop too, all year round in the tropics. The beautifully coloured flower clusters with pendulous trumpet – shaped flowers open first white, then turn pink and end up deep pink, bright red or reddish purple over a 3 – day period, displaying the various colouring stages altogether on one and the same flower stalk. The flowers exude an intoxicating fragrance at night. The scent is sweet, fruity and unforgettable. The plant is mainly used for traditional medicine. Decoction of the root, seed or fruit can be used as anthelmintic to expel parasitic worms or for alleviating diarrhea. Fruit decoction can also be used for gargling against toothache. The fruits are used to combat nephritis. Leaves can be used to relieve pain caused by fever. The roots are used to treat rheumatism. The plant is used as a cough cure. Leaves are applied to the head to relieve headache.
Instructions for planting:
- All you need is a good healthy sapling to grow Madhumalti, Rangoon Creeper.
- Plant the creeper in a large size pot where it can get at least four hours of sun every day.
- Rangoon creeper required to support to grow and spread.
- Select a mature yet still greenish branch. The stem should be around 2 to 3 inches long.
- The top part of the stem should have a node and a pair of leaves.
- The Rangoon Creeper has large leaves and so you may cut the leaves in half to save space and avoid excessive water transpiration.
- Position the stem cutting in partial shade.
- Spray water on the leaves of stem around 2 to 3 times a day.
- It may take a while for the Rangoon Creeper stem cutting to root. A successful cutting may root in a month or so.
- After a month or so, you’ll notice roots at the base of the stem cutting.
- Repot the seedling plug from the garden tray into a seedling bag or pot.
Instructions for care:
- Add peat moss to the hole when you plant.
- Water on a regular basis.
- Rangoons enjoy growing wild and free, so don’t go overboard with the pruning and training.
- Fertilize your plant every six months with leafy compost or rich garden soil, and keep an eye out for parasitic plants like dodder, that love to latch on to Rangoons for their nutrition.