Updates from Mumbai

I’m still in Mumbai and in my absence, my friend Utiyama-san has sent me photos of the cuttings that Coleus_Cuttingshe’s looking after for me. I’m thrilled to find that all of them have grown rapidly, some with flowers already! Thank you so much, Utiyama-san.

Here’s a photo showing Coleus cuttings that have grown up wonderfully well. These are probably the easiest to propagate. Just cut off a branch with a few leaves from a fully grown Coleus plant and plunk it into a pot with potting mix. It starts rooting immediately and you have a new plant.

My wife and daughter too seem to have been paying heed to my instructions to water the plants.  They have sent some photos to me, and I’m happy to see that most of the plants and cuttings that I had placed in pots are growing well. Can’t say much about the weeds though that have seem to have taken over most of my small garden, but hey, I have learned to be happy with what I get! 🙂


Coleus from cuttings

Here’s a photo of Gold Crest that have rooted from cuttings – they seem to Gold Crest be alive and well although growth seems to be quite slow. I presume that they’ll grow faster next spring.  When fully grown they assume a Christmas-tree shape and I intend to plant them  at the entrance of the house welcoming visitors. I planted these cuttings last spring – they certainly take their time to grow!

I’m thrilled to see rose cuttings develop into plants. I had taken these cuttings from roses presented to my daughter by a friend and also by Utiyama-san to me. Click here to see the photo:  Roses.  So we have no idea about the color of the rose that will appear; makes the surprise all the more delightful. The same with the Rose of Sharon cuttings: there are are two varieties – a pure pink and a crimson at center with white variety. Utiyama-san wants the latter; but the rooted cuttings have similar leaves. I guess he’ll have to wait until they appear!                                                                                 Gold Crest from cuttings


Rose of Sharon, Rose and Abutilon

Propagating plants are really a lot of fun; it is a wonderful feeling to grow these from scratch rather than buy them from the nursery.

Here’s a different photo of cuttings that look like either peach or hydrangea. The tag that I had inserted seems to be missing unfortunately. The Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow plant also seems to have grown – this plant will add to the fragrance in my garden from next spring onward!



Peach or hydrangea, rose, Yesterday, today and tomorrow, blueberry, abutilon – all rooted from cuttings

Here are some verdant scenes from my garden in Japan:


Okhra in the foreground, red geranium in a separate bed in the back


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 Lush growth of sweet potato at center (the surf boards in the back belong to neighbor)

While in Mumbai, I am enjoying the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that I don’t find in Japan (they are mostly frozen fruits except during a small period of time in summer in Kisarazu). The papayas and the sapotas fresh from the market are delicious and I have these with many other fruits every day!

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  Papaya – costs about 25 rupees (50 yen/0.5 us$)       Cut into two halves – about 3-4 seeds



Papaya peeled and diced along with Sapota – deeeelicious!

I think I could live on fresh fruits and vegetables only while in India!


To end this post, here is a photo of geraniums propagated from cuttings together with Plumeria that are presently being cared for by Utiyama-san.


From left to right – Red and white geraniums, Plumeria, Pink geraniums

Until the next post, happy gardening!


18 Responses to “Updates from Mumbai”

  1. October 4, 2009 at 6:48 am

    HI Gururaj, Good to see your plants are doing well! It must be a relief! The sweet potato vine look so healthy, I’m excited to see what you’ll dig up! Hope you are having a wonderful time in Mumbai, enjoying the tropical fruits! Take care!

    • October 4, 2009 at 6:56 am

      Hi Lzyjo, thanks for dropping by. Yes, I’m glad the plants are doing OK, but I do miss my garden and my family. Mumbai is too rainy and humid for me; although I stayed here when I was young I never realized it was so humid! By the way, in your last post on your blog, are those the search words that users used to find your blog? Have a nice day!

  2. October 4, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Hi,Gururajr, It is wonderful that you have someone reliable to care for your plants while you are away. They all look great! You inspire me to try more propagation.

  3. October 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks for stopping by. Yes, you’ll be thrilled to propagate plants. I have collected quite a few fruit seeds in India this time, and will be trying to grow them in Japan. Do post if you propagate plants. Have a great day!

  4. October 7, 2009 at 2:23 am

    I wish that I could start seeds or propagate from cuttings, but I have no one reliable to water them while I am away. I live in a condo in Toronto during the week, too small for plants, never mind humans, my house in the country has a lot of room, but no humans. You cannot let seed trays go very long without watering, so I think that I will have to wait util I retire. The weeds at least, I can deal with on a reqular basis.
    Thank you again, for welcoming me to Blotanical, I am amazed at how many garden bloggers there are.

    • October 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks for dropping by. A small suggestion, if I may. When blotanical opens up with a map on the right side, you’ll find a tab with Canada on it. Click on it to find the map of Canada with stars representing the location of Blotanical bloggers. If you can find and become friends with bloggers in Toronto, you could probably request them to look after your seeds and cuttings. All the best and happy gardening.

    • October 12, 2009 at 10:11 am

      kilbournegrove, I have a similar situation at the moment. On my blog, I wrote about a device called a plant nanny that works great for unattended cuttings. Finding garden bloggers in your area is a great idea too!

  5. October 10, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Hey what a wonderful blog. Love the post and all the photos. Happy Gardening.

  6. October 12, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Gururaj, I really like your blog.

    It’s amazing to see coleuses just like mine growing in Japan! They are a lot of fun. Every year I find some new ones from seed with different patterns and colors. I take cuttings from my favorites to spend the winter as house plants.

  7. October 14, 2009 at 9:09 am

    great log Gururaj, happy to see the coleus cuttings growing..reminded me of the coleus collection I had while growing up i India long time back…nxt summer i am going to try it again..loved going thru your vegetable patch..have a nice time in India

    • October 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you for your nice comments, Raji. I look forward to visiting your blog soon. I hope to be back to my garden in Japan just after Diwali (17th October). Have a great day!

  8. October 15, 2009 at 5:01 am

    I have very much enjoyed my visit to your blog! thanks for the warm welcome to blotanical too!

  9. October 16, 2009 at 6:22 am

    Wow! You are a master of propagation! I was just wondering what to do with my coleus, so your post was very helpful. Thank you! Enjoy your stay in Mumbai!

  10. October 17, 2009 at 12:22 am

    I enjoyed your post. I have a coleus that I propagated. It is a lot of fun producing a new plant that you don’t have to buy from a nursery! It is kind of like an experiment to see what works and what doesn’t. Your post gave me a good idea to try to propagate my rose of sharon. 🙂

  11. October 23, 2009 at 8:38 am


    I am very impressed at what you have propagated. I love Coleus and their contrasting colors. I agree that plants means so much more to you if you have propagated them yourself.

  12. 18 jim groble
    October 23, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for the welcome. nice pics

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