2 of my Garlic vines’ comparison- Tips to grow and care of Garlic vine in two different locations
Hello everyone, hope you all are healthy and blooming. Are you planning to bring a garlic vine to your home or if you have already bought one, then this article is for you because it will cover all the necessary conditions required to make your garlic vine bloom profusely.
Garlic vine is also known as false garlic plant or wild garlic, whose scientific name is Mansoa Alliacea and it belongs to the family of Bignoniaceae. The Trumpet creeper, Blue Jacaranda, Pyrostegia Venusta- all are the members of the same family.
Last year I brought two garlic vines home. One of them is potted in a semi-shaded area and the other one is growing in the full sunlight. I will compare the growing conditions of both these garlic vines.
In order to make it easier for you, I’ll rename the former one as vine 1 and the latter as vine 2.
Let’s begin with vine 1.
I’ve potted it in a pot that is nearly 14 inches in size. This vine receives the early morning sunlight from the northern direction for about 2,3 hours. While potting the plant, I hardly made any use of garden soil. The only thing I used here was compost. The first major reason behind using only compost is that since I am growing a flowering vine in a pot so I want to be sure that it yields blooming flowers in its flowering season. And the second and more significant reason is that, as the plant is planted in my balcony and there’s no sturdy support along with it so I couldn’t take the risk of pouring earthen soil as it is quite heavy and dense.
Let’s move onto the second vine- vine 2
As you can see I have become a bit partial with vine 1 because vine 2 is fortunate enough to enjoy the full sunlight all day, from all directions. Somehow, I really can’t afford the disappointment of any of my plants, so to bring a smile in the form of flowers on vine 1, I have used a bit smaller pot for vine 2.
Jokes apart, I did so because I didn’t have a large pot at the time of repotting this vine 2. This pot too is fully comprised of compost with no soil in it.
Now I will draw out the comparison between the both based on their growth and nutrition requirements.
Since vine 1 is in partial sunlight, it comparatively requires less water than vine 2. For instance, during summers, I water vine 1 once every day but vine 2 is happy by drinking water on alternate days. However, it is worth mentioning that, once the vine gets mature enough to bear flowers, it is necessary to water it every day.
As garlic vine is a sun-loving plant, vine 2 is growing more rapidly than vine 1. Although, vine 2 is a bit younger than vine one until now I have observed the same growth in both plants. I am expecting them to bloom this year.
Without a doubt, a climber always needs support to climb upon and spread. So my vine 1 is taking support of a trellis which is fixed beside it, whereas, for vine 2, I have artificially created support using the ropes. For vine one also, I have additionally given the support of the rope because I hope the plant to reach my terrace in the coming years.
Irrespective of these distinctions there are some facts that are generally common to all the garlic vines.
1. As the name suggests, the vine releases a strong garlicky fragrance, and some people also use it as a substitute for garlic, however, I suggest not to do this without a professional piece of advice
2. The plant loves sunlight a lot. The more sunlight it will receive, the more will be the blooms on the vine.
3. The vine will grow at its best if directly planted in the land rather than a pot or a container, howbeit, people like me who don’t have much land space can grow it well in a large-sized pot too.
The plant is known for eliminating bad luck and negativity too. So make this vine a part of your garden in order to attract good to your home.